Up North Connections: The Mackinac Bridge as Seen Through a Crystal Ball
Colored photograph of a hand holding up a clear, reflective crystal ball. The ball reflects the background image of a tower and wires of the Mackinac Bridge. Background is fuzzier in quality than the foreground image of hand and crystal.
"I have spent 23 years of my life traveling back and forth between my home in Grand Rapids and my family in the Upper Peninsula. Somewhere in those thousands of miles, the sight of the Mackinac Bridge came to represent my ties to both parts of Michigan. The Straits of Mackinac have a long history of being a place of connections. From the time the area was occupied by the native tribes of Michigan until the present, the area has always existed as a gathering place. While the nature of these interactions and connections have changed over the centuries, the Mackinac community has long played this role as an important meeting place and an important point of connection, whether ir be people, places, cultures, or eras.
'Up North Connections' demonstrates the modern-day connections of the Mackinac area from above and below, near and far, including the Mackinac Bridge, physically linking the cities of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City; the Straits of Mackinac; connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan; the cities of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. introducing travelers from both the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula; and Mackinac Island, bringing together the present and the past." - Ana Grace Dykstra