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Great Lakes of North America GLNA : Look at Pages for Michigan and Illinois.
UK Office: GLNA representation is by Dawn Faulkner, Cellet Travel Services Ltd, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England. Tel: + 44 (0) 1564 794999; Fax: + 44 (0) 1564 795333.

America's lost Metropolis - Cahokia: It was the subject of a BBC programme broadcast in the UK in July 2000. The main site today is called Cahokia Mounds and is situated 10 miles East, in the Great Lakes state of Illinois, across the Mississippi river from the City of St Louis, Missouri.

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Wolverine Camps: The Outdoor Education Center programme season for school groups is operational again from September 2004 until May 2005. The Summer Camps programme for 2004 has been completed. Applications for the 2005 programme now being taken.

Mackinac State Historic Parks: The parks will reopen for 2004 on May 6. (The 2003 season opened with a cannon firing at Fort Mackinac on May 5. The gates at Colonial Michilimackinac opened from May 6). Many exciting projects and events are planned, including the annual Michilimackinac Pageant which will take place as usual on the Memorial Day Weekend May 29-31. (May 24-26, 2003). Visit the "Special Events" page which has a complete listing of activities at the various locations. Also visit the individual sites for listings of "every day" happenings.

Fort Michilmackinac Archaeology activities: The 45th archaeology field season closed in August and final work has been completed. A Report on the 2004 season will be available shortly. Read the 2003 Preliminary Report for information on last season's activities. A special public "Digging History" event in 2002 was repeated in 2003 (July 5) and also on Michigan Archaeology Day 2003. There will be an event on October 2 marking Michigan Archaeology Day 2004 during Michigan Archaeology Month. All archaeological activities are under the direction of the Curator of Archaeology, Dr Lynn Evans. A Early & Late Season map showing the layout of Colonial Michilimackinac is available as a PDF file (site map) - (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader®).

Michigan Archaeology Month 2004: The Main Event (Michigan Archaeology Day) takes place on October 2 at the Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing. Visit the Office of the State Archaeologist for full details about the day's programme and other events held elsewhere in Michigan during the Month,

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Michigan Archaeology Day's: I was privileged in 2001 to attend the Main Event which took place on October 20 at the Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing, courtesy of the Greater Lansing CVB. Activities at Michilimackinac took place on October 6. Further activities celebrating Michigan archaeology also took place in nine other Michigan locations throughout the month. The 2002 Event was on October 12 and the 2003 Event on October 11. Michilimackinac Archaeology Day's in 2002 & 2003 also took place on Michigan Archaeology Day. Visit the Office of the State Archaeologist for general details about Michigan archaeology.

Fort Michilmackinac: I was able to visit the 40th Season of Excavations (see also update for 2003 details) at Fort Michilmackinac in early June 1999.

Fort Michilmackinac Pageant: Is Mackinaw City's major annual event. It was a great pleasure to see all the activities for this wonderful event during my visit in 1999 - 37th Anniversary, the excellent weather made it very enjoyable. The "Pageant" is organised by a non-profit group whose sole purpose is to re-create and promote the rich history of the Mackinac Straits region. A large "cast" is assembled and comprises various groups including the Michilmackinac Voyageurs, the Spirits of the North, and a quarter of the Mackinaw City population (some 200), plus another 200 re-enactors who come from other areas in Michigan and several neighbouring states to participate in a variety of roles: voyageur, trader, trapper and Native American. A highlight of the Pageant is the re-enactment of the 1763 events at the Fort and the "baggataway" game that enabled the Indian siege of the Fort from the British.

Phone code change; Michigan area code (616): The northern part of area code (616) was changed in 1999 and given a New code (231). This change affects most north-western communities, including Mackinaw City, Petoskey and Wolverine.

"Hemingway Adventure": This is the name of a New TV series produced by Michael Palin for the BBC in England. Part 2 of this series was broadcast Nationally in the UK on the BBC1 channel (October 24, 1999) and the first half of the programme covered Hemingway's early life in America. This dealt with Hemingway's birth in Oak Park (visiting the house, inside and outside, where he was born) and life around Chicago. The Northern Michigan element concentrated on Walloon Lake, shooting and fishing.  There was some brief views of the countryside in "Fall" colours and then a trip north (over the Mackinac Bridge - various views) to deal with Hemingway's interest with the local Indians.

Hemingway Centenary Festival - Petoskey: A Celebration of Earnest Hemingway's Life took place on October 16, 1999.

Hemingway exhibition - Little Traverse Historical Society, Petoskey: Was opened in June 1999 and the Society organised various events in celebration of Hemingway's Centenary.

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