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The Lookout | April 19, 2021

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History Club visits Mackinac Island

History Club visits Mackinac Island History Club at Mackinac Bridge

By Markas Ackerman
Freelance Reporter

LCC’s History Club has taken another field trip: this time a visit to Mackinac Island on May 13. This followed up previous trips to Grand Rapids and Chicago over the past couple of years.

Though a small club with about five to six members typically attending meetings, 11 students made the trip to Mackinac Island. With the island’s forts, horse-drawn carriages and other historical sites, the History Club considered it a perfect choice for its big trip of the year.

LCC student and History Club President Lydia Warnke said that her favorite part of the trip was the horse-drawn carriage tour.

“Even though it wasn’t 100 percent historical, it was interesting learning about the horses and workers on the island,” Warnke said. “I would say 30 percent was history.”

The field trip attendees were also able to see the island’s wildlife, natural landmarks, historic architecture and the Mackinac Bridge – the Western hemisphere’s longest suspension bridge.

Previous excursions included a trip to Grand Rapids to visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Public Museum. In Chicago the club members got to see the Field Museum and posed in front of the Cloud Gate, more commonly known as “The Bean.”

Warnke said future field trip locations are yet to be determined. To minimize travel costs, trips won’t venture more than five hours outside of Lansing.

While LCC provides partial funding to the group, the History Club also holds fundraisers throughout the school year in the Gannon Building in the main second floor corridor. According to Warnke, the club, founded in 2017, has a passionate but small contingent.

“There are some people that are interested in the club, however not when compared to other clubs,” she explained. “For events the numbers show up, however the planning and meeting portion, people are less interested.

“We welcome anyone; no need to be a history major or a history buff. The main thing we focus on is just learning something new or different.”

Even though the History Club is on summer break, it will be back in full swing this fall. For more information, email the advisers, Wade Merrill at, or Anne Heutsche at Or visit the Facebook page, “History Club at Lansing Community College.”