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Living HistoryLiving History Program
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison. Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!
June 17 - August 18

Future Historians
The Michigan Historical Center has Future Historians portray actual girls and boys that lived at Fort Wilkins. They perform daily chores, play historic games and talk to visitors about life at this remote outpost. Times vary each day.
July 12 - 14; July 25 - 27; August 2 - 4; August 16 - 18

2017 Summer Programs and Special Events (updated 2/26/17)
All 2017 events will require a State of Michigan Recreation Passport on all vehicles... More Info at

Sponsored by the Fort Wilkins Natural History Association and Fort Wilkins Historic State Park – DNR
Please note this year the Programs are in and around the park; watch carefully for times and locations.
All evening programs are held at the Fort Wilkins West Barracks, at 7:30 PM EDST (unless indicated otherwise) Weather Permitting.

5/29, Monday 10am
Memorial Day Program
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park will host a Memorial Day program on the Fort Wilkins parade grounds to commemorate U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. The program will feature Students from the Copper Harbor School and a special Memorial Day address. Refreshments will be served following the program.

7/4, Tuesday 2pm
Independance Day Program
Role Players July 4th reading of the Declaration of Independence.

7/28 Friday, through 7/30 Sunday
Battery D – 33 YEAR ANNIVERSARY- History comes alive at Fort Wilkins. Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, a Civil War era living history group returns to Fort Wilkins for its 33rd annual weekend encampment. The weekend event will be open to park visitors from 8 AM to 8 PM on Friday and Saturday and 8 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. Battery D will interpret army life of the period, demonstrating artillery and small arms drills, period cooking and soldiers’ pastimes.


8/5, Saturday 8:45am - 3pm
Copperman Triathlon and Duathlon
The Triathlon will consist of a half-mile swim in the brisk waters of Lake Fanny Hooe, a 23-mile bike ride along the shore of Lake Superior, and a five-mile run past the end of US Highway 41. The Duathlon will start with a 6k run, followed by the same bike and run routes as the triathlon. Sign up as an individual or be part of a team.

8/12, Saturday 8pm
Meteors and S’mores
Meet in the picnic area and then stargazing at 10pm in the Fort parade ground
9/9, Saturday 8am to 2pm


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