A first-hand view of life on Madeline Island

The Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association (MIHPA) is a non-profit organization supported by volunteers and donations. Our mission is to protect, preserve, interpret and increase public awareness of the cultural, traditional and architectural history of Madeline Island.


Come and experience a first-hand view of early life on Madeline Island at MIHPA's Heritage Center located at Colonel Woods Avenue, a half block east of the Museum. At the Center the Island's story is told through its historical buildings and Veterans' Honor Garden maintained by the organization.  


The Heritage Center consists of five buildings moved from their original sites. The buildings, with their contents, reflect life on the island from late 19th to early 20th century.  Among the furnished buildings you will find Lake View School - a one room schoolhouse; the first St John's parsonage; the Angus Building - an early maritime pioneer family story; the Woodshed - a display space for historical photos & artifacts, and The Coop - a 130 year old log building, that was part of the old Cadotte farm. 


The MIHPA Heritage Center provides a great place to imagine life on the Island during earlier times. Come and discover a part of our past.

Preserving the past enriches our lives

The Angus Cheese House
close up of veteran garden pavers

Memorial Day 

Monday, May 31

Join us following the Memorial Day Ceremony downtown  for the Remembrance Walk to the Heritage Center.  See Events page for details.

Annual Meeting

June 2021

Due to the Coronavirus, the annual meeting for the Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association has been postpone until further action by the Board of Directors. 

Fourth of July Picnic /Barbecue
Sunday,  July 4
Harry Nelson Recreation Center
This year MIHPA is joining with the Island Association to sponsor a 4th of July barbecue. This event is a fundraiser for both organizations. It begins following the Fourth of July ceremony held on the green space in front of the museum and goes until about 3:00 or to when the food runs out!
Bi-annual Island HomeTour 2023 
Saturday, July 15, 2023 

Due to Covid 19 the Home Tour originally scheduled for the current year, 2021, has been cancelled.   We are planning our next home tour for Saturday, July 15, 2023.  Check back for details.


Codger Softball Game 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Come watch the Island's Women's softball team take on the Island  men over 50 team. Details on events page.

The Annual
Hunter's Feast

Saturday, November 20

This is a fundraiser sponsored by MIHPA and Island Hunting Camps. It's a family fun event that includes a raffle, dinner and the presentation of the Hunter of the Year trophy to this year's Hunter of the Year. (See events page for details)






MIHPA is located at 273 ColonelWoods Ave.

1/2 mile east of Museum