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Brian Leigh Dunnigan

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Michigan Author Brian Leigh Dunnigan has been curator of maps of the William L. Clements Library since November 1996. In 2007-2008 he also served as the library’s interim director and has been the associate director since 2010.


Mr. Dunnigan is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA History, 1971; MA History, 1973) and the State University of New York, Cooperstown Graduate Programs (MA, Museum Studies, 1979). Before coming to the Clements, he pursued a career in historic site administration as Executive Director of Old Fort Niagara (Youngstown, NY) from 1979 to 1996 and Managing Director of Historic Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana) from 1974 to 1979. Previous experience included seasonal museum positions with Mackinac State Historic Parks.

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Mr. Dunnigan has written numerous books and articles on the history of the Straits of Mackinac, the Niagara River region, and the early Great Lakes. Among these is Siege, 1759: The Campaign Against Niagara (1986, revised 1996).
In 1994 he edited a new translation of Pierre Pouchot’s Memoirs on the Late War in North America (1994, revised 2005), the only account of the French and Indian War from the French perspective published during the eighteenth century.

His Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit, 1701-1838 (Great Lakes Books), was published by Wayne State University Press in 2001 to mark the occasion of Detroit’s Tercentennial celebration.

His latest work, released in May 2008, is A Picturesque Situation: Mackinac Before Photography, 1615-1860 (Great Lakes Books)

Mr. Dunnigan is a Michigan native, who resides in Grass Lake with his wife Candice and two children, James and Claire.

Mr. Dunnigan's wife, Candice Dunnigan, has written a book, Horse Tales from Mackinac, A Collection of Stories from the Mackinac Island Town Crier. You can purchase a copy at the Island Book Store.

CLICK on the links below to order writings by Brian L. Dunnigan. You will enjoy all of his writings as he is a great Michigan author.

Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit, 1701-1838 (Great Lakes Books)

A Picturesque Situation: Mackinac Before Photography, 1615-1860 (Great Lakes Books)

Forts within a fort: Niagara's redoubts

SIEGE - 1759 THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST NIAGARA

Fort Holmes.

Walk a Crooked Trail A Centennial History of Wawashkamo Golf Club



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