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Fort Wilkins - Fort Wilkins 1870, A Living History Experience

2022-06-13T14:00:00Z 2022-08-19T21:00:00Z Fort Wilkins - Fort Wilkins 1870, A Living History Experience

Step back to summer 1870, as costumed interpreters portray the daily life of men and women stationed at Fort Wilkins.

You'll meet Private Jonathan Holmes, post laundress Kate Holmes, Second Lieutenant Richard Mueller and his wife Juliette, and Quartermaster Sergeant Patrick O'Neill-characters based on actual members of the 1870 garrison. These portrayals, including the characters' attitudes, opinions and the smallest bit of gossip, are based on extensive historical research.

On select days, the living history experience deepens as members of the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Future Historians join adult re-enactors to portray actual girls and boys who lived in Fort Wilkins and Copper Harbor in 1870. They perform daily chores, play historic games and talk to visitors about life at this remote outpost.

Fort Wilkins - one of the Michigan History Center's museums and historic sites - is located one mile east of Copper Harbor on U.S. 41 in Fort Wilkins Historic State Park; a Recreation Passport is required for park entry. Read more Fort Wilkins visitor information.

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.

Updated 05/27/2022

U.S. 41, Copper Harbor, Michigan, 49918
Event Date

June 13, 2022 10:00 AM

August 19, 2022 5:00 PM

Step back to summer 1870, as costumed interpreters portray the daily life of men and women stationed at Fort Wilkins.

You'll meet Private Jonathan Holmes, post laundress Kate Holmes, Second Lieutenant Richard Mueller and his wife Juliette, and Quartermaster Sergeant Patrick O'Neill-characters based on actual members of the 1870 garrison. These portrayals, including the characters' attitudes, opinions and the smallest bit of gossip, are based on extensive historical research.

On select days, the living history experience deepens as members of the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Future Historians join adult re-enactors to portray actual girls and boys who lived in Fort Wilkins and Copper Harbor in 1870. They perform daily chores, play historic games and talk to visitors about life at this remote outpost.

Fort Wilkins - one of the Michigan History Center's museums and historic sites - is located one mile east of Copper Harbor on U.S. 41 in Fort Wilkins Historic State Park; a Recreation Passport is required for park entry. Read more Fort Wilkins visitor information.

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.

Updated 05/27/2022