"We look forward to your support as we bring the Walker Furniture building back to life."


We have thousands of unique, unusual and rare treasures in our collection. Each has been preserved from the ravages of time. Our visitors experience times and places long past as they explore the rich stories told by our collection.

Long-term preservation requires the right environment. Unfortunately, the Fort de Buade building is the wrong one. We must move our collection to a building with proper climate control to preserve it for future generations.

Many of the oldest buildings in St. Ignace have been destroyed. However, at least one jewel remains: the Walker Furniture building. Built in 1970, this iconic landmark housed the last decades of retail activity for Walker Furniture. Now its timeless elegance and historic charm will be preserved, as the Michilimackinac Historical Society renovates and renews it.

What will this mean for St. Ignace?

  • Revitalizing a historic landmark that has been closed since 2013
  • Expanding the Historical Society’s season in spring and fall, thanks to heat and air-conditioning
  • Spurring destination tourism for history buffs, who will shop, dine and stay in St. Ignace
  • Creating a community space for school trips and events

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