Thanks for joining us July 18-19 and July 25-26!
Archaeology at the Agency
Come dig with us!
We're in hot pursuit of the hottest place on the hillside: the Agency blacksmith shop. This year, participants rolled up their sleeves and dug with us into our site's buried history! Next year may be your opportunity to get dirty, learn a lot, and make great memories. Try your hand at a variety of tasks from digging to screening and more. Children ages 5 and up are welcomed to join in the fun with the direct supervision of a responsible adult.
More to explore
Live blacksmithing demonstrations allowed visitors to explore the history and techniques of blacksmithing as we endeavored to locate the 1830s Agency blacksmith shop!
Archaeology kids' camp
Learn hands-on what it takes to be an archaeologist at our virtual camp!
Special archaeology exhibit
Have fun analyzing scenarios that come up in the everyday work of those who study the past through scientific excavation. This exhibit will be held over for our 2021 season.
Summer speaker series
Talks covered a variety of topics related to archaeology and blacksmithing. The Oshkosh Municipal TV station aired the speaker series and provided the video links for us below.
Dig sponsored by:
Special exhibit sponsored by:
Attorney Doug Kammer
Written records, alone, cannot answer some important questions about how John Kinzie's Indian Agency worked. Our main inquiry this season is how the Agency blacksmith functioned. A smith was established here in 1830 to serve the Ho-Chunk tribe. Evidence in the ground may reveal some answers.
Dig 2020 videos
Learn the basics about frontier blacksmithing, or dig even deeper into a published paper on Indian agency blacksmiths of the American frontier.