Historical Overview

Discover the fascinating story of the Historic Indian Agency House, built in 1832 for U.S. Indian Agent John Harris Kinzie and his wife, Juliette.


The Historic Indian Agency House is owned and operated by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin.

Significance of Our Site

The Historic Indian Agency House (previously known as the Old Indian Agency House) was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. In 2012, the house and the site on which it sits were elevated to Nationally Significant status.

John & Juliette Kinzie

John and Juliette Kinzie were the first residents of the Historic Indian Agency House.

Ho-Chunk Nation

The "Ho-Chungra" (Ho-Chunk) were the indigenous inhabitants of this area of Wisconsin. 

Our Mission

Understand who we are, what we do, and why we do it.


In 1856, Juliette Kinzie published a riveting book about her family's experiences during the "Early Day in the Northwest."