Fort Wilkins Historic Complex

Located on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula in Fort Wilkins State Park, attractions include nineteen restored buildings, costumed interpreters, copper mining sites, a lighthouse museum, evening slide programs, camping and picnicking.

Applications for the five seasonal positions at Fort Wilkins can be obtained from the History Department, 208 Cohodas Hall (or call 227-2512). Candidates will be interviewed prior to the end of Winter Semester. Those hired must enroll in HS 382: Historical Role Playing. This is a 2 credit hour course that is required for Michigan Bureau of History living history role players. The course prepares the role players for their summer at Fort Wilkins through study of the philosophy of role playing, the role of park interpretation, and the social history of the historical period.

Shortly after the conclusion of classroom work in HS 382, the role players take up residence at Fort Wilkins Historic Complex, where they stay and work from mid-June until late August. Role players earn a stipend and are provided housing near the site at a nominal cost. The Fort Wilkins Natural History Association has recently pledged $400.00 per role player to defray the costs of rent for park housing and to cover students' living expenses until the first scheduled pay date.

In addition to fulfilling their scheduled employment responsibilities at the site, each role player will complete further course requirements by keeping a journal and writing short papers based on original research. The role players' performance is monitored throughout the summer by the HS 382 course instructor, an on-site supervisor, and by Mr. Thomas Friggens, the Regional Manager of the Michigan Historical Museum system.


Fort Wilkins. Hospital barracks and mess.



Fort Wilkins. Barracks and officers' quarters.



Fort Wilkins. Participants doing laundry.