illustration of the site plan

An illustration of the draft site plan includes the Heritage Circle in the foreground, and the amphitheater and Mackinac Bridge in the middle and background.

The Straits of Mackinac Heritage Center Collaborative is transforming the Father Marquette National Memorial site into a place that welcomes, engages and excites visitors with indoor and outdoor experiences that encourage deeper understanding of the St. Ignace region.

We envision a site that includes:

  • The Heritage Circle: Outdoor space for powwows and other experiences that help visitors understand Anishinaabek culture, both past and present;
  • Expanded information on early French life at the Straits at the Father Marquette National Memorial;
  • The Learning Commons: A gathering place for interpretation, workshops and classes, and conversation;
  • Indoor and outdoor interpretative and recreational experiences that complement local museums and other cultural opportunities;
  • Hiking and biking trails connected to the Iron Belle and North Country Scenic Trails and the St. Ignace and US-2 business districts.

Draft Site Plan

The collaborative held an open house to share the draft site plan on June 18, 2019. The documents shared during the open house included a vision statement and site analysis, in addition to the draft site plan. One aerial photograph of the site and four sketches of the proposed site improvements were also included. The documents are available for download in PDF format:

The schematic site plan is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2019, when detailed planning on phase one projects will begin.

The collaborative is also looking for additional for-purpose and for-profit organizations and business to join the effort as partners.

For more information on the project and fundraising efforts, visit our frequently asked questions page.

We will update this page as the project evolves.  Also, visit our News page for the latest information on the project.