Thursday, February 28, 2019

Michigan’s Magnificent Mackinac

Michigan’s Magnificent Mackinac

A new Detroit Public TV documentary tells the true story of the island – the history, the people and the beauty
that make this such a magical place

Watch the premiere of “Mackinac – Our Famous Island” this Thursday at 8 p.m. on DPTV (56.1)

It will also be livestreamed at

Like many Michiganders, we at Detroit Public TV just can’t seem to get enough of Mackinac Island. Our love affair with this beautiful piece of real estate started perhaps with our annual coverage of the Mackinac Policy Conference 8 years go. Then in 2017 we produced a wonderful documentary, “Inside Grand Hotel.”

Now we’re back with another splendid example of filmmaking, “Mackinac – Our Famous Island,” which captures this jewel in the Straits of Mackinac as you’ve never seen it before. The documentary takes viewers along its many shores and trails to experience the natural beauty of the island, visit landmarks that reveal its earliest history and introduce the people who still work to preserve this special place.
There is far more to this sacred island than horses and fudge, and this documentary reveals the picturesque landscape while connecting us to the diverse communities and people who have been stewards of Mackinac Island throughout its history.

The film will debut on Detroit Public Television (56.1) on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. It will be followed by an encore presentation of “Inside Grand Hotel.” Both documentaries will also be livestreamed at

I hope you will join me in watching the premiere of this wonderful film, which connects the stories behind the places and people on the island to larger themes and universal concepts.

You will understand why Jesuit missionary Claude Dablon described Mackinac Island in the late 1600s as an “island famous in these regions” and how it has remained famous to the Native People who first resided there, the people who protect it and who make it their home now, and all the tourists who visit it every year.

There are incredible tales to tell of Mackinac’s survival across the centuries. Faith, fur, fish, forts, fun and fudge are only part of the story. The rest is in “Mackinac – Our Famous Island.”

I think you will understand why we return to this island over and over again, both on film and in person.

Detroit Public TV and Mackinac State Historic Parks brings you “Mackinac – Our Famous Island,” thanks to  the support of the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, Mackinac Island Tourism, Mackinac Associates, Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry, Grand Hotel, Bill and Shirlee Fox, Mackinac Island Community Foundation, Mission Point, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, the Callewaert Family and Viewers Like You!

Rich Homberg
President and CEO
Detroit Public Television - 1 Clover Court, Wixom, MI 48393
248-640-4169 -  - @RichHomberg

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