Michigan historical travel from Detroit to Mackinac Island

Detroit's skyline. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

The Mackinac Bridge connects Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Join World Footprints as we explore the Great Lakes State of Michigan and travel from Mackinac City to Detroit. 

Our audio tour will start with a visit to the Michigan Historical Center and Museum in Lansing where we will offer a flavor of every place in the State between the lower and upper peninsula.  Museum director Linda Endersby and Michigan History Foundation director Cindy Hales will help us learn about the stories of the people who helped shape Michigan.

Then, one of Michigan's crown jewels is Mackinac Island--Tonya's childhood playground.  Since the late 19th century, the island's Grand Hotel has welcomed celebrities, Presidents and other visitors from around the world.  The Grand Hotel offers the world's longest porch and has been the setting of several movies, including "Somewhere In Time" with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve.  Hotel historian and concierge, Bob Tagetz, will take us inside the rich history and traditions of this iconic hotel.

Finally, we will share the legacy of a family deeply intertwined in the history of Michigan and Mackinac Island--the Shepler family--the namesake behind Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry.  This multi-generational family enterprise has transported legions to and from Mackinac Island between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.  Chris Shepler will share his family's legacy, their passion for customer service, philanthropy and he'll give Tonya a new experience as Captain.

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Michigan History From Detroit To Mackinac by WorldFootprints

Air Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 8:00pm