2017-06-29 / Front Page

City Will Mark Its Bicentennial

By Jacob A. Ball

A special city council session, open-house tour of government offices, community hall reception, and costumed historic interpreters will be features of a 200th–anniversary celebration by the City of Mackinac Island. The time and date of the commemoration will be 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 7, coinciding with the date of the first meeting held by the Borough of Michilimackinac 200 years ago.

The special session will be on the second floor of the courthouse building, where the city council met until 1998. Visitors and residents will get an opportunity to tour government offices and attend a reception concluding the event at Mackinac Island Community Hall.

Considering its historical significance, the city’s Events Committee decided to invite all former elected officials and employees of the City of Mackinac Island. The council will adopt a special resolution marking the 200th anniversary. St. Ignace, Mackinac County, and the Mackinac Island State Park Commission are expected to submit declarations of congratulations and support.

Mackinac State Historic Parks interpreters, dressed in historically accurate early-19th century U.S. military uniforms, will present the colors for the ceremony. MSHP Director Phil Porter, an Events Committee member, said he will provide a 15-star United States flag that would have been in use in 1817.

Mr. Porter said it’s important to illustrate the close relationship between the garrison at Fort Mackinac and the residents of Michilimackinac, a partnership that continues today between the city and the state park.

Mackinac Island historian Brian Dunnigan, who has researched the founding of the Island’s government, will deliver a commemoration address. Mr. Porter and Mayor Margaret Doud will speak during the city council session. Ms. Doud also will welcome participants. Mr. Porter will read a declaration from the state park commission.

The committee wants to produce a plaque commemorating the bicentennial, but must find a new fabricator because its previously used plaque producer has gone out of business. Mr. Porter will compose the inscription.

The courthouse building is at 7374 Market Street. The Community Hall reception is next door at 7358 Market Street.

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