Center for French Colonial Studies

2019 Annual Conference

October 4-6, 2019

Mackinaw City, Michigan

CFCS 2019 program

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Center for French Colonial Studies will take place in Mackinaw City, Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac, October 4-6, 2019. The conference begins with a group tour of the reconstructed eighteenth century Fort Michilimackinac on the mainland led by the fort’s archaeologist Dr. Lynn Evans. On Saturday the 5th the main conference will include presentations on French colonial archaeology, genealogy, and history of Michigan and the broader Great Lakes region. Saturday evening’s banquet promises to be a unique and delicious experience with a traditional Anishinabe feast provided by local Native American caterer Joe Smith. Enjoy on one’s own historic sites in St. Ignace and on Mackinac Island, including stone wall enclosed Fort Mackinac interpreted by period costumed reenactors.  Other attractions lie within an hour in the Straits, including Les Cheneaux Islands and Sault Ste. Marie.

We hope you will join us in October for our annual conference and for the opportunity to visit this historic area.


Register Here

Early registration ends September 4.  Registration is still possible after that date, although we cannot guarantee a place at the closing banquet.

If you are a current CFCS member, please use the email address that we already have on file.

Hotel Information:

The conference hotel will be the Holiday Inn Express, 364 Louvigny Drive, Mackinaw City.  For reservations, call (231) 436-7100, and mention that your are reserving with the Center for French Colonial Studies.  You should be able to reach the hotel employee responsible for the reservations Monday through Friday from 9-7 Eastern Time, and Saturdays from 9-1.  The rate is $125.00 per night, and includes a full hot breakfast.

Please note: Reservations must be made by August 3 to get the group rate.

Other options for accommodations are certainly possible in Mackinaw City.

Travel Information:

The closest airport to Mackinaw City is at Pellston.  There is a shuttle that will only operate if there are reservations made.  In addition, there is the possibility of car rental.  All information is available on the airport’s website.  There are three flights daily from Detroit.

We can also try to help individuals wanting to come to the conference by car, but who might need to ride share.  Contact us at if this is of interest to  you.

About Michilimackinac

In 1634 Jean Nicolet was the first Frenchman to pass through the Straits of Mackinac. Years of trade intervened when Jacques Marquette established a mission for the Wendat (Huron) and Odawa at St. Ignace on the north side of the Straits in 1671. Some time between 1679 and 1683 the French formally established their military presence with the construction of Fort de Buade, also referred to as Missilimakinak (Michilimackinac), on the north side of the Straits of Mackinac. Lamothe Cadillac served as commandant at the end of the seventeenth century, and French presence continued after his departure and later establishment in 1701 of Fort Pontchartrain at present day Detroit.  The French increased their presence in the area by establishing Fort Michilimackinac in 1715 on the south side of the Straits where they officially remained until the end of the Seven Years War, surrendering the fort to the British in 1761.

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Past Conference Information

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

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