1855 Colton Map of Michigan showing Cheboygan County

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1855 Colton Map of Northern MichiganExplore the riches of Northern Michigan. Enjoy a day in the presence of the past at one of the many museums, lighthouses, historical societies and historic villages north of the 45th parallel. All of the institutions listed here are members of the Northern Michigan History Consortium.

The History Center proudly recommends the following organizations that are closest to Cheboygan.  You should put them on your itinerary, you'll be glad you did. Please tell them we sent you! For a full listing of the Consortium members see this page

If you click any of the names below, you will be re-direced to that museum's website.

Cheboygan River Front Range Light

  • Cheboygan, Michigan. 1880 light house owned and under restoration by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. Open weekends & Holidays Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Volunteer keeper programs. Located at 606 Water St, Cheboygan. 

 Fort De Baude Indian Museum

  • St. Ignace, Michigan. The history of the St. Ignace area from pre-contact American through the American history period. Houses the largest collection of Native American, military, and trade items of these periods and this historic Region.

40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society

  • Rogers City, Michigan. This working lighthouse is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. Nautical Museum and restored 1912 pilot house.  1905 shipwreck on the beach. 7323 U.S. 23 North, Rogers City.

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society - Harbor Springs Area Historical Society - History Museum

  • Harbor Springs, Michigan. History's home in Harbor Springs is the restored former City Hall built in 1886. Interactive exhibits for all ages tell the intriguing stories of Harbor Springs' past. In addition we offer year-round programs, events and special tours that celebrate our area's history.

Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum

  • Mackinaw City, Michigan. Decommissioned in 2006, the Icebreaker Mackinaw WAGB-83 now resides in her namesake home of Mackinaw City and is open for public tours and group events.  Visit the Mess Deck, Captain's Quarters, Bridge, Engine Room, Ward Room and more.  Open late May to early-October. 

Inland Water Route Historical Society

  • Alanson, Michigan.  We are dedicated to maintaining and preserving the History of the Inland Water Route of northern Michigan. We have nice displays that include photos and artifacts on each community along the entire water route, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Alanson, Indian River, Topinabee, and Cheboygan. We also have special focus displays on logging, railroad use, and lodging as it pertained to the early settlement years of the water route. Visit our gift shop with Old Charts (repos), relief maps of each lake, hats, coffee mugs, place mats, coasters, sweatshirts and more. We also have two books related to the water route that we publish. These books are very good easy summer reading books. They are: In the Wake of the Topinabee by Browne, and Then Came May by Hufford, and are excellent gifts.

 Mackinac State Historic Parks 

  • Mackinaw City - Mackinac Island.  Mackinac State Historic Parks, a family of living history museums and parks in northern Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is an agency within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its sites—which are accredited by the American Association of Museums—include Fort Mackinac, Historic Downtown Mackinac, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and Mackinac Island State Park on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park in Mackinaw City. Mackinac State Historic Parks is governed by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, established in 1895 to protect, preserve and present the parks’ rich historic and natural resources for the education and recreation of future generations. Visitor information is available at (906) 847-3328 or on the web at www.MackinacParks.com. 

Mackinaw Area Historical Society

  • Mackinaw City, Michigan. On approximately 43 acres of land just west of Mackinaw City, visitors can enjoy discovery trails, historic buildings, a covered pavilion, a restored log home, a sawmill and much more. Heritage Village's period is from 1880 through 1917, a time of unparalleled change in lighting, transportation, communication, housing, health care and nearly every other aspect of Straits-area living. It also reflects an era from which a precious few buildings are still standing, and stories told by parents, grandparents and great grandparents abound.

Presque Isle County Historical Museum

  • Rogers City, Michigan. Located in the Bradley House, visit a county store, Native American Room, millinery, music and calcite room, with new exhibit "Those Fabulous 50's and 60's".