The Historic Indian Agency House hosts a variety of special events and activities through our normal season.
Take advantage of PORTAGE DAYS
(EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY, PORTAGE RESIDENTS TOUR FREE!)
Call for details; proof of residency required.
Tuesday, July 29
Summer Speaker Series, Installment 2 of 4.
Brad Steinmetz, author of “That Dam History: The Story of the La Farge Dam Project,” presents on the oral history project associated with the controversial reclamation of the Kickapoo Valley. Book signing to follow. FREE.
Friday, August 01
“Hands-On History Children’s Workshop: Ho-Chunk Clans,” Session 1. Focus on traditional and integral aspect of this Native lifeway, through activities, discussions and crafts. Reservations and refundable fee required.
Saturday, August 02
“Hands-On History Children’s Workshop: Ho-Chunk Clans,” Session 2. Reservations and refundable fee required.
Tuesday, August 26
Summer Speaker Series, Installment 3 of 4.
Tom Jones, UW-Madison Professor of Photography and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, speaks on “The People of the Big Voice,” and how this collection of photographs provides a window into the history of the Ho-Chunk. FREE.
Saturday, September 13
6th Annual Living History Weekend, “Tavern Times.”
Special tours and historic demonstrations exploring the Agency’s brief tenure as a frontier boarding house. FREE.
Friday, Sept 19 & Saturday, Sept 20
Native American Flute-Making Workshop,
Led by William Quackenbush, member of Ho-Chunk Nation’s Deer Clan. Limited to 15 participants; reduced participation fee of $75/person (offset by grant funding). Register by August 22. Call for info.
Tuesday, Sept 30
Summer Speaker Series, Installment 4 of 4.
Dr. Michael Hartley, Director of Archaeology at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem North Carolina, discusses the origins of historic archaeology and how it has impacted American history. FREE.
Saturday, October 18
"The Gathering" Benefit Mixer.
Bluegrass band, “General Store” and Silent Auction, Craft Beer and Fall treats. Fee applies. (Our ONLY fundraising event!)
Wednesday, December 03
FREE, always-popular "Kiddie Christmas"--crafts & treats!
Dec 27 – March 07 “Snow Days.”
Every other Saturday, beginning Dec 27,
Explore the Nature Trail by snow shoes or cross country skis. Snow shoes available for public use by reservation. FREE.
The Historic Indian Agency House is located at the end of Rustic Road 69, just off Hwy 33 east of Portage. Call 608-742-6362 with any questions.
All Historic Indian Agency House events are open to the public.
Events subject to change without notice.
Please call 608-742-6362 for the most up-to-date information.
Please visit the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce website at for further information on these and other area events.
For more information, call the Historic Indian Agency House at (608) 742-6362.