The City of St. Ignace has developed an online catalog of the Native American items in the Fort de Buade Museum Collection. This online catalog is designed to provide basic information and photographs of all materials assembled under this collection. You can request additional information on these materials directly through the website by posting questions in the comments section or by contacting the City of St. Ignace. The following instructions and Frequently Asked Questions will assist you in setting up an account and navigating the database. If you have any problems in establishing an account or logging onto the website, please contact Michilimackinac Historical Society (MHS) Curator/Collections Manager Erin Vanier at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or (906) 643-6627.

Step 1: Getting an Account and Logging On
As a nominated cultural consultant, you will need an email account to receive the invitation to join the site. Once you mail, call, or email MHS Curator/Collections Manager Erin Vanier at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or (906) 643-6627 with your preferred email, we will send you an invitation by email.
Once you open the email invitation from the “Fort de Buade Museum Collection Web Consultation Tool” at contact@fdbmcollection.com, click the “Accept invitation” link.
You will then be taken to a website that will ask you to create a unique password. Please write your password down in a secure place.
You can now access and search the website at any time by entering your email and your password. If you plan on using the website frequently, we recommend bookmarking the fdbmcollection.com website in your internet browser.
If your community requires more than one consultant login, please contact MHS Curator/Collections Manager Erin Vanier at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or (906) 643-6627 to request access for additional users.
 
Step 2: Navigating the Website
After logging in, you will be taken to the Welcome page with a note from the City of St. Ignace Mayor.
To begin reviewing the collection photos, click the “Search the Collection” link in the top left corner. For more information on searching for cultural resources on the website, please see Step 3 below.
If you run into any problems, there are also links to these instructions and the Frequently Asked Questions at the top of the website. You may also contact MHS Curator/Collections Manager Erin Vanier at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or (906) 643-6627 if you continue to have issues navigating the website.
You can sign out of the website at any time by clicking “Sign Out” in the top right corner.
The website is structured so that all of these primary links do not move regardless of which webpage in the collection you are accessing.
 
Step 3: Searching for Cultural Resources on the Website
To begin reviewing the cultural resources in the collection, click the “Search the Collection” link in the top left corner.
Searching by Catalog Number: The website photos correspond with the catalog numbers that were included in the Fort de Buade Museum Collection Comprehensive List that was provided to you during the consultations that occurred in June of 2017.  In the Search Bar on the top left corner, type in the catalog number exactly and click the green search button. Please contact MHS Curator/Collections Manager Erin Vanier at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or (906) 643-6627 if you need another electronic file e-mailed to you.
 
Step 4: Asking Questions and Commenting on the Website
When viewing a particular item, comments and questions may be entered in the “Add a comment” box on the right side of the website and then clicking the green “Comment” button. Once you click “Comment,” the website will send the City of St. Ignace an email to alert us that a new comment has been submitted.
The City will keep all of your comments and questions strictly confidential. No one else viewing the website will be able to see your comments besides yourself and the City.
The City will respond to your comments and questions via email or phone.
Please remember that these website tools are just one option to discuss the Fort de Buade Museum Collection with the City of St. Ignace. Please contact MHS Curator/Collections Manager Erin Vanier at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or (906) 643-6627 if you would like to discuss your questions or concerns in person or to arrange an onsite meeting to view the collection. Our hope is that this website just facilitates the beginning of our conversation!