Coming again in 2023! Watch for details.

Hands-on learning & discovery for all ages

Many historical skills and techniques would be lost to time were it not for those who continue to practice and research them to this day. Try your own hand at an exciting sampling of skills that have endured through the centuries or have been re-created through research and experimentation. We have a fantastic lineup of Enduring Skills stations for adults and kids ages 5 and up.

 

Bring your family and friends and make a whole day of it — or make a whole weekend of it between Enduring Skills and the Columbia County Fair!

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Saturday - Sunday, July 30 - 31, 2022

General Admission is FREE
thanks to gifts from the Antiquarian Society of Wisconsin in memory of Olive "Cissy" Bryson
and Michael & Sally Connelly in honor of NSCDA-WI President Barbara J. Meyer.

 

Enduring Skills Stations at a Glance

Now's your chance to try it yourself!

Saturday

  • Voyageur canoe excursion on Fox River...details below (Sat. only - rain date Sun.)

  • Native American-style flute making

  • Flintknapping

  • Ancient cordmarked pottery

  • Tavern games (19th century cards/dice)(Sat. only)

  • Wool spinning on Dodec spinning wheel 

  • Historic outdoor games (graces, hoop rolling)

  • 19th century toy-making (kids' make & take)

  • Make Victorian-era games (kids' make & take)

  • Fire-wrought dugout canoe making

  • Historic fire-starting methods (flint & steel, etc.)

  • Hand sewing (kids' make & take)

  • Frontier laundry (washboard, tub, clothesline)

  • Weaving for kids

  • Blacksmithing

  • 19th century social dancing

  • Canoe paddle shaving (Sat. only - rain date Sun.)

  • Junior blacksmithing

  • Civil War military camp life 

  • Butter making

  • Handwriting: Dip Pens, Slates, Cursive

  • Construct a special bag/fill it with popcorn

Sunday

  • Wool spinning on Dodec spinning wheel

  • Frontier laundry (washboard, tub, clothesline)

  • 19th Century Social Dancing

  • Blacksmithing

  • Hand sewing (kids' make & take)

  • Make Victorian-era games ( kids' make & take)

  • Weaving for kids

  • Handwriting: Dip Pens, Slates, Cursive

  • Butter making

  • Civil War military camp life

  • 19th century toy-making (kids' make & take)

  • Native American-style flute making

  • Flintknapping

  • Ancient cordmarked pottery

  • Construct a special bag/fill it with popcorn

  • Historic outdoor games (graces, hoop rolling)

  • Fire-wrought dugout canoe making

  • Historic fire-starting methods (flint & steel, etc.)

  • Junior blacksmithing


The event is a "go" rain or shine as most stations are under open-sided tents.

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Voyageur Canoe Excursions

Saturday (July 30) only: 11am / 1pm / 3pm
(Rain date: Sunday)

"Paddle Through Time" on the Fox River (which adjoins our land) with costumed reenactors in a Voyageur canoe! Learn hands-on what it was like to be a French Voyageur during the fur trade era. First come - first served. Preregistration is recommended as there are limited seats available on each of the 3 river trips. Meet 15 minutes ahead of time just outside the visitor center to receive equipment and instructions. If you are late, others will be offered your place, so please be on time. The duration of the canoe trip is roughly 20-30 minutes.

Ages 5 through adult may participate. *Note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Adults are responsible for the safety adn obedience of the children under their charge. Full compliance with all directions is necessary for the safety of all on board. Life vests will be supplied for adults and children by Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe, LLC.

FREE: Your ticket has been generously paid for by Sally and Michael Connelly (a $20/person value!), but please consider giving a freewill donation—the amount is up to you—to help us raise funds toward the continued preservation and operation of the Historic Indian Agency House. As a 501c3 nonprofit museum, we rely heavily on supporters like you to do what we do. 

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Ice Cream & Lemonade Fundraiser

Enjoy some yummy ice cream and a cool glass of lemonade during Enduring Skills Weekend (Saturday only). Funds raised will contribute to the continued preservation and operation of our nonprofit historic site. 

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Free Book for Children

Kids receive a free copy of the book Native People of Wisconsin, compliments of the Madison Reading Project (one per family, while supplies last).

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Enduring Skills Weekend 2022