Events

Events are subject to change. Please check back frequently.

Saturday, December 10, 2022:

16th Annual Kiddie Christmas  | 1 to 3 pm  |  Kiddie Christmas Flyer

Holiday Shopping in Gift Shop  | 1 to 3 pm  |  2022 Holiday Gift Ideas

2023 Theme:
Cultivating Perspective: The Creative Arts of Converging Cultures

Creative arts are powerful tools of expression within cultures, offering insights into the hearts and minds of people groups. Unique styles of music, fine and decorative arts, storytelling, and dance flowed into the Fox-Wisconsin portage in 1832 as people from widely dissimilar backgrounds endeavored to live their daily lives in close quarters. In the midst of a history which is otherwise saturated with conflict and turmoil, cultural creative arts formed a rich tapestry of creative traditions which tied all people together through shared human experience.

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Speaker Series Lineup

Events at a Glance

2023 Calendar of Events

A prairie landscape surrounded the 1832 Agency House. A several-acre remnant remains. Aldo Leopold optimistically reported in 1942 on the site's potential for prairie restoration. We need many hands to help! Keep an eye on Facebook for scheduled work days.

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Historic Prairie

Restoration

January - May

with opportunities all season

Our season opens today.  Be the first in line to enjoy an informative, engaging tour. We are open for tours Wednesday through Sunday each week through October 15.

 

Tours

Opening Day:

2023 Season

Wednesday, May 17

10 am to 4 pm

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More information coming soon.

Free event.

New Exhibit Information

Special Exhibit

Opening

Saturday, May 20

9 am

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The Historical Timekeepers will be on-site adding "living history" ambiance to the physical setting of your tour.  Included in regular tour admission (members free). Start in the visitor center.

 

Civil War Era

Living History

Sat-Sun, June 3-4

10 to 4 Sat  |  11 to 3 Sun

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Title of presentation coming soon.

Josephine Lee is the Director of the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center.  Free event.

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Speaker Series #1

Josephine Lee

Tuesday, June 13

6:30 pm

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Speaker Series #2

Alphonso Simpson

Tuesday, July 11

6:30 pm

Title of presentation coming soon. Dr. Alphonso Simpson is the African American Studies Chair at UW-Oshkosh.  Free event.

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More information coming soon. Includes a performance by the Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dancers of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  Free event.

 

Details/Performance Schedule

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Indigenous

Cultural Arts Day

Saturday, July 15

10 am to 4 pm

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More information coming soon.

Includes a lively French-Métis fiddling concert by Pierre Pleau at 2pm.  Free event.

 

Details/PerformanceSchedule

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French - Métis

Cultural Arts Day

Saturday, July 22

10 am to 4 pm

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Enduring Skills Weekend is back  for a 3rd year, this time with a cultural creative arts flair. Try your own hand at more than 20 historical skills and arts. Also includes a concert by Salty Strings Music Min. on Sun. at 1pm.  Ages 5 -adult.  Free event. 

Details/Performance Schedule

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Enduring Skills:

Cultural Arts Edition

Sat-Sun, July 29-30

10 to 4 Sat  |  11 to 3 Sun

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Work alongside professional archaeologists. Spectating is free. To participate in the dig itself, a membership is required. Pre-registration for dig time(s) is strongly recommended.

 

Archaeology Dig Details

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Archaeological

Dig Weekend #1

Sat-Sun, August 5-6

10 am to 4 pm

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Come and watch a blacksmith at work. Explore the history, tools, and techniques of the trade as we endeavor to archaeologically locate the 1830s Agency blacksmith shop. Free event.

 

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Blacksmithing

Demonstrations

Sat-Sun, August 5-6

10 am to 4 pm

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Speaker Series #3

Speaker TBA

Tuesday, August 8

6:30 pm

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"'American Fancy': The Cultural Phenomenon of Exuberance in the Decorative Arts, 1790-1840"

Speaker information TBA. Free event.

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Work alongside professional archaeologists. Spectating is free. To participate in the dig itself, a membership is required. Pre-registration for dig time(s) is strongly recommended.

 

Archaeology Dig Details

Footage from 2020-2021 digs

Archaeological

Dig Weekend #2

Sat-Sun, August 12-13

10 am to 4 pm

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Come and watch a blacksmith at work. Explore the history, tools, and techniques of the trade as we endeavor to archaeologically locate the 1830s Agency blacksmith shop. Free event.

 

Archaeology Dig Details

Blacksmithing

Demonstrations

Sat-Sun, August 12-13

10 am to 4 pm

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Adults and teens are invited to help us create a fire-wrought dugout canoe using ancient methods and tools. The canoe project began in 2021 and we are continuing to experiment and make progress.

 

Canoe Workshop Details 

Dugout Canoe

Workshop #1

Friday, September 1

5 to 7 pm

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Adults and teens are invited to help us create a fire-wrought dugout canoe using ancient methods and tools. The canoe project began in 2021 and we are continuing to experiment and make progress.

 

Canoe Workshop Details 

Dugout Canoe

Workshop #2

Friday, September 8

5 to 7 pm

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Earn the entire Historic Trails Award over the weekend. Free event. Pre-registration required. 

 

Scouts Weekend Details

Registration Form

Scouts BSA Historic

Trails Weekend

Fri-Sun, Sept 8-10

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Speaker Series #4

Mary Antoine

Tuesday, September 12

6:30 pm

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Title of presentation coming soon. Mary Elise Antoine is a historian, author, and French Heritage Corridor board member.  Free event.

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The Galena Living History Society will highlight "Everyday Elegance in 1832" — cultural artistic expressions within the 'everyday.' Tours begin in visitor center 10-12 and 1-3. Regular admission (free for members).

 

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Everyday Elegance

in 1832: Liv. History

Saturday, September 16

10 am to 4 pm

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Adults and teens are invited to help us create a fire-wrought dugout canoe using ancient methods and tools. The canoe project began in 2021 and we are continuing to experiment and make progress.

 

Canoe Workshop Details 

Dugout Canoe

Workshop #3

Friday, September 22

5 to 7 pm

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For ages 5-12 (must be accompanied by a responsible adult).  Details coming soon.

 

Kiddie Christmas Flyer

17th Annual

Kiddie Christmas

Saturday, December 9

1 to 3 pm

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Do some holiday shopping in our gift shop.

 

2023 Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Shopping

in Gift Shop

Saturday, December 9

1 to 3 pm

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Thank you to The Chipstone Foundation for making a significant portion of this season's programming and exhibitions possible in memory of Colonial Dame Polly Stone.