Mackinac Island Peace Garden

PeaceGardenMarquette Park
Mackinac Island, Michigan

Project Summary

Mackinac State Historic Parks is currently construction a Peace Garden to
commemorate 200 years of peaceful relations between the United States and Canada following the War of 1812. A series of proposal for a sculpture for the center of the garden were submitted and one was selected. The sculpture will be the centerpiece of the garden which will be dedicated on July 18, 2015 to commemorate and celebrate 200 years of peace between the United States and Canada following the War of 1812.

Site Description

The Peace Garden will be located behind and adjacent to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum in Marquette Park on Mackinac Island. This is a highly visible and popular ornamental park below historic Fort Mackinac that includes well-maintained grass areas interspersed with lilac beds and a 1909 bronze sculpture of Fr. Jacques Marquette by Gaetano Trentanove. A small playground is immediately behind the garden. The garden itself will be roughly 80 feet in diameter with three oval shaped beds forming the perimeter with 18 inch masonry bench walls made with indigenous limestone and topped with a mortar cap. There will be a small bed (12 feet in diameter) made of the same limestone in the center of the garden. The sculpture will be mounted on a plinth no larger than 4 feet in diameter in the center of this bed.

The sculpture may be lit at night during a portion of the year. The sculpture must be permanently mounted and able to withstand the extreme temperature and climatic conditions of northern Michigan.


June 1, 2015 – Deadline for installation of sculpture

July 18, 2015 – Dedication of the Peace Garden and sculpture

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Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum, Mackinac State Historic Parks

Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum.

Construction on the new building.

Mackinac State Historic Parks will open a new building and exhibit this summer at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The building will be a reproduction of the original 1890 fog signal building which served as a warehouse after a second fog signal was constructed in 1907. The warehouse will house the new Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum. The museum will house a number of shipwreck objects from vessels such as the Eber Ward, Cedarville, William H. Barnum and Northwest. The displays will include a map of the straits showing the location of wreck sites, models of three wrecks showing what they looked like while in service and three dioramas showing their current condition on the lake bottom. Topics such as salvage, diving and the Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve will be discussed. The exhibit was made possible through a generous donation of artifacts from Chuck and Jeri Feltner and other donors. The objects were conserved this winter by Dr. Brad Rodgers and Theresa Hicks of the Inland Seas Institute.

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Risk Management & Disaster Recovery

Jeanne Drewes is doing a two-day risk management and disaster recovery plan workshop with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) at the Delta Township District Library in Lansing MI on September 10 and November 8, 2013.

You can find out more about it here:

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South Southwest Rowhouse Grand Opening

On June 2, 2013, Mackinac State Historic Parks proudly opened the reconstructed
South Southwest Rowhouse inside Colonial Michilimackinac. The event was attended by
well over two hundred guests with Director Phil Porter, Deputy Director Steven Brisson
and Mackinac Island State Park Commissioner William Marvin addressing the crowd.
The building contains exhibits on French culture, hands on audio visual programs and
the remains of a French chimney. A new movie entitled Attack at Michilimackinac! is
shown in the theater throughout the day presenting the story of the June 2, 1763 attack
by Ojibwe and Sauk warriors. The reconstruction is the first new building inside the
palisade fort since 1989.

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NPI NEPA & Sect 4(f) seminars–Oct 7-10–Lansing, MI

The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. The 2013-2014 National Preservation Institute seminar schedule is available online at The 2013-2014 NPI News Release includes the calendar and seminar descriptions

Advance registration rate available through August 28, 2013
These seminars are being held in cooperation with the
Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

NEPA Compliance and Cultural Resources
Lansing, MI — October 7-8, 2013

Learn about environmental impact analysis, cultural resource management, and historic preservation responsibilities and relationships. Assess practical applications for effectively integrating the analyses required by the National Environmental Policy Act, related environmental regulations, and the National Historic Preservation Act. An agenda is available online at

Section 4(f) Compliance for Historic Properties
Lansing, MI — October 9-10, 2013

Section 4(f) of the DOT Act of 1966 is triggered by projects funded or approved by a U.S. DOT agency that propose the use of historic property or land from a publicly owned park, recreation area, or refuge. Examine the stringent approval standards of this substantive law and discuss ways to better integrate and streamline Sections 4(f) and 106 with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. An agenda is available online at

Instructor. Joe Trnka, AICP, CEP, NEPA specialist with Kirkham Michael; specializes in NEPA, Section 106, and Section 4(f) projects

LA/CES. These seminars meet the criteria for programs in the American Society of Landscape Architects Continuing Education System and ASLA members will receive 6 learning units each day.

Registration. A registration form is available online at Advance registration rate available through August 29, 2013

Questions? Please contact us. Thank you.

Jere Gibber
Executive Director
National Preservation Institute
P.O. Box 1702, Alexandria, VA 22313
703/765-0100; 703/768-9350 fax;

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Conservation of DIA’s Gracehoper by Tony Smith

The Detroit Institute of Arts is conserving the large-scale outdoor sculpture Gracehoper by artist Tony Smith. In collaboration with the Tony Smith Estate, paint specialists and outdoor sculpture conservation specialists, the conservation team developed a plan that honors the artist’s vision while using innovative advancements in paint technology. The treatment is scheduled to begin July 15, 2013 and estimated to take two months. Visitors can watch the conservation process in action at the viewing station off Kirby Street. The museum will be posting periodic updates about the project on the DIA’s Gracehoper webpage at: Those interested can tweet questions to the DIA’s conservation team (@DIAconservation #gracehoper) or follow the progress of the project on Facebook:

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Mackinac Art Contest

The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s juried art exhibition: “People of Mackinac.”

Highlighting the array of individuals that make Mackinac Island a unique destination, the theme is not strictly portraits, but broadened to include any work of art combining “Mackinac” and “people.” The independently juried exhibition will feature over two-dozen pieces of selected art in a variety of mediums from May through October 2013. Submissions are being accepted until April 1.

For more information, and an entry form, please see the website:,1,10,746,865

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Book Treatment and Conservation Labs

December 11-12, 2012

Hosted by Jennifer Hain Teper and Eric Alstrom
Sponsored by the American Library Association, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services division

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, sessions begin and end at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

Planning for and managing in-house conservation treatment and book repair involves many considerations.

Setting up a program involves huge tasks including designing and constructing laboratory or treatment space, training and hiring skilled staff, and purchasing supplies. Ongoing management of programs must constantly balance the needs of the library with available options and cost.

The discussion will involve the current management of library conservation or book repair programs and their role and practices in modern libraries. We invite participation from those with active programs or those considering programs to participate with questions, ideas, and experiences.

This e-forum is in conjunction with the recent publication of “Planning and Constructing Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories: A Guidebook

Topics include:

· planning for conservation
· selection for treatment
· treatment options, both in-house and outsourced
· considerations in the design of an in-house conservation lab
· staff training

Jennifer Hain Teper is Head of Preservation and Conservation, University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MSLIS and CAS in the conservation of library and archive materials in 2000. She oversaw the construction of the University of Illinois’ hybrid conservation lab, which opened in 2006. Since that time she has fielded numerous calls and visits from others looking to design or renovate a conservation lab.

Eric Alstrom is Head of Conservation at the Wallace Conservation Laboratory at the Michigan State University Libraries. He received his MILS from the University of Michigan, where he also apprenticed in conservation under James Craven at the Bentley Historical Library. Previously he has been the conservator at Ohio University and Dartmouth College. At all three institutions, he has designed new or renovated existing conservation labs; he is currently settling into his new conservation lab, the second he has designed for MSU.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at:

*To register:*
Instructions for registration are available at: Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

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Fort Gratiot Light Station

A watershed moment occurred in August 2010, when ownership of the Fort Gratiot Light Station transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to St. Clair County. With that transaction St. Clair County became stewards of five acres of lakefront land and six historic buildings, including the Tower, built in 1829, the oldest light in Michigan.

This collection is the repository of Great Lakes history going back to the Northwest Territory days, and its value to the region is just beginning to be understood. The Port Huron Museum and the County Parks Commission have formed a collaboration to rehabilitate and restore the resources, and welcome the public to understand the threads of history revealed there.

There is already a perceptible economic impact: event participation, gift shop sales, increased restaurant revenue. However, the longest-lasting effect is the change in the vocabulary used to describe the community’s waterfront. Lake Huron and the St. Clair River have always been compelling; now the additional value of the historic resources expands that story. It is the story of Michigan, the Great Lake State.

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Megan Callewaert Joins the MACCH Board

The Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage welcomes Megan Callewaert as the newest member of the Board of Directors! Megan has been the Collections Manager and Registrar at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House since July 2005. She received a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Oakland University and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from George Washington University.  Before coming to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Megan was a Museum Technician and Preparator with the Detroit Institute of Arts. Welcome, Megan!

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