Museum Closing

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and in support of the Governor’s and the CDC’s request that we take appropriate actions to slow the progress of the virus, the Museum has decided to close public open hours for now. We will make a statement when the Museum reopens. If you need to contact us during this time, please email

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Madame La Framboise: Lowell Fur Trader to Mackinac Island First Lady

“No one has ever exerted a greater influence”

Program postponed. Rescheduled date to be announced. 


Lowell Township Hall 2910 Alden Nash

Presented by Luanne Kaeb and Shantell Ford

Lowell Area Historical Museum Magdelaine Marcotte La Framboise, fur trader along the Grand River, had a post just west of Lowell.  She was successful and prosperous in her work, and is remembered and honored by the Michigan Historical Women’s Hall of Fame as the first business woman in Michigan. She spent her later years on Mackinac Island still earning a living, and caring for those on the island.  She was well respected by the diverse ethnic groups living on the island.  Seventy two years after her death it was said, “no one ever lived at the island who exerted a greater influence.”  Our presentation will include details about her life and her influence, and will conclude with coverage of a 2013 event on Mackinac Island, that, one hundred and sixty seven years after her death, made the news.


Museum Immersion Program

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Michigan Historical Society's Chronicle Museum Immersion article

Please contact the Museum for more information on this new program.