Meet Our Historian

Meet Grand Hotel’s Resident Historian Bob Tagatz

“We’re preserving something rare in this world.” That’s how Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel Historian, describes Grand Hotel. He recognizes the importance of the balance between modern amenities while embracing its historic integrity.

grand-hotel-mackinac-island-historian-bob-tagatzMr. Tagatz has more than thirty years of civic experience in historical preservation in Michigan, Florida and Georgia. Twenty-one years ago, Bob came to Mackinac Island specifically because of his interest in Grand Hotel and the study of turn-of-the century wood frame hotels – which Grand Hotel is one of eleven still standing today. He became enamored with the beauty and history of Michigan and its people, and feels fortunate to be able to study at what he feels is one of the most historically significant resorts hotels in the United States. He assembled Grand Hotel’s first archives and published a book and DVD on its history.

That dedication was rightfully rewarded with Bob being named Hotel Historian of the Year in 2014 by Historic Hotels of America. When you meet Bob, you’ll recognize his passion, enthusiasm and refreshing sense of humor; it’s a well-deserved award. His history talks on the Front Porch are interesting and entertaining, and his behind the scenes tour will give you a glance into places unseen by others. He leads lectures during History Weekend and Close the Grand. Other packages dedicated to Grand Hotel’s history and reliving it are Titanic Weekend and Somewhere in Time Weekend. Mr. Tagatz is also available for private tours and lectures.