Michigan History Comes Alive at the Rochester Hills Public Library

On Tuesday, September 3 the Rochester Hills Public Library will host Mackinac Bridge expert Mike Fornes as he shares stories from the riveting, 60-year history of the beloved Michigan landmark, the Mackinac Bridge.

Winter view of the bridge

Mackinac Bridge – Photo by Michael Dwyer

The Mackinac Bridge originally opened in 1957 and has been one of the most iconic Michigan landmarks ever since. The bridge is the main connector between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, stretching nearly five miles over the Straits of Mackinac, and has been the backdrop of countless fascinating events throughout its lifetime.

“The Mackinac Bridge means Michigan to so many people. Over the past 60 years there have been some pretty incredible stories that have taken place on the bridge, over it and underneath it. I wanted to tell the stories in one history,” said Fornes.

Fornes has covered the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge for more than 20 years for several northern Michigan media outlets, including radio and television stations and the Cheboygan Daily Tribune. He gives tours of the Mackinac Bridge and other northern Michigan attractions from motor coaches, cruise boats, and shore-based presentations.

“We are thrilled to host a program that highlights the rich history of Michigan, and that showcases one of our states most iconic features,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley.

The program is September 3 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at rhpl.org.

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