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MI – GUN NEWS – Fire Historic Guns Across the Straits at Colonial Michilimackinac

Imagine it: Colonial Michilimackinac, in Mackinaw City, is emptying out at the end of another big day and you have the place to yourself. You make your way to the artillery platforms because it’s time to fire all four of the black powder weapons used at Michilimackinac – the Short Land Musket, Wall Gun (a BIG musket), Coehorn Mortar, and, as the finale, the cannon. And you are the one doing the firing. This dream can become reality for the first time ever during the 2021 season. Every day, starting June 1 through October 7, guests can purchase the opportunity to fire all Michilimackinac’s weapons over the Straits of Mackinac. “Guns Across the Straits lets us provide a hands-on history experience for guests,” said Mackinac State Historic Parks Chief Curator Craig Wilson. “As historical interpreters, we get to fire these weapons every day, but hopefully this program will allow visitors to better understand what life was like for British soldiers at Michilimackinac in the 1770s.” The cost of the experience is $150 ($115 for Mackinac Associates members), and up to 10 guests can be present. The program will take place after Colonial Michilimackinac closes for regular business – 7:00 p.m. in June, July and August, 5:00 p.m. in September and October. Guests will need to arrive to the Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center (under the Mackinac Bridge) a half hour prior to the experience start time (6:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. depending on season) to check in and be met by your interpretive guide, who will take you to the artillery platforms.  [full article]

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