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2024 Theme: Trails

Come along on an important journey. Discover. Learn. Explore the theme of "Trails" with us through events, exhibits, speakers, a video documentary, and other programmatic offerings for children through adults. Then let the  trails bring you back home with a greater understanding of the stories which have shaped our history.

Free, Family-Fun Learning Materials

During the 2024 season, families with children and educators who visit for events or tours may pick up a printed and bound copy of our "Trails" learning guide for free.  Funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin. (One learning guide per family or classroom, while supplies last.)

Calendar of Events

A prairie landscape surrounded the 1832 Agency House. A several-acre remnant remains. Now in our third season of prairie restoration, we continue to need many hands to help! Keep an eye on Facebook for scheduled work days. Watch our progress on YouTube.

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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:

2024 Season

Wednesday, May 15

10 am to 4 pm

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The Historical Timekeepers will be on-site adding "living history" ambiance to the physical setting of your tour. This event is included in regular tour admission. Those with Agency House memberships are admitted free. 

Living History

Tours

Sat-Sun, June 1-2

10 to 4 Sat  |  12 to 3 Sun

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To celebrate National Trails Day, take a hike on our beautiful trail system! 

Explore Our Trails and Grounds

National

Trails Day

Saturday, June 1

All Day

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Kids ages 5-10 will have a blast learning, exploring, and discovering!  Registration is required (spaces are limited). Free. Each child will also receive a free backpack loaded with great explorer tools and resources! Rain date: Sunday, June 9, 1-3pm.

 

Workshop Details & Preregistration 

"Trails" Outdoor

Workshop for Kids

Saturday, June 8

1 to 3 pm

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The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin: Voices of Early Settlers. Author Michael Stevens is Wisconsin State Historian Emeritus.  Free event.

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Speaker Series #1

Dr. Michael Stevens

Tuesday, June 11

6:30 pm

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Work alongside professional archaeologists. Spectating is free. To dig, a membership is required. Pre-registration for dig time(s) is recommended. Kids get a free t-shirt, too. [What a fun thing to do with Dad & Grandpa on Father's Day weekend!]

 

Archaeology Dig Details

Archaeological

Dig Weekend #1

Sat-Sun, June 15-16

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. [...a fun activity for Dad & Grandpa on Father's Day weekend!]

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Demonstrations

Sat-Sun, June 15-16

10 am to 4 pm

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Work alongside professional archaeologists. Spectating is free. To dig, a membership is required. Pre-registration for dig time(s) is recommended. Kids get a free t-shirt, too.

 

Archaeology Dig Details

Archaeological

Dig Weekend #2

Sat-Sun, June 22-23

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.

Blacksmithing

Demonstrations

Sat-Sun, June 22-23

10 am to 4 pm

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Demonstrations and exhibitions by Ho-Chunk artisans.  Performance at 1:00 by the Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dance Troupe of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Free event. Event co-hosted by the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center.

Details

Ho-Chunk

Cultural Arts Day

Saturday, June 29

10 am to 4 pm

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Back for a fourth year with fantastic hands-on experiences! Try your own hand at more than 20 historical skills (several of them brand new for 2024) for ages five through adult.  Free event. 

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Enduring Skills

Weekend

Sat-Sun, July 27-28

10 to 4 Sat  |  12 to 3 Sun

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Speaker Series #2

Dr. Rob Harper 

Tuesday, August 13

6:30 pm

Sovereign Waterways: Indigenous Persistence and Wisconsin Rivers in the Nineteenth Century. Dr. Harper is Prof. of History and Native American Studies Coordinator at UW-Stevens Point.  Free event.

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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 6-8

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Help us experimentally create a fire-wrought dugout canoe using ancient methods and tools. Pitch in with us hands-on, or come to observe and learn. Teens - adults. Free event.

 

Dugout Canoe Progress Diary

Dugout Canoe

Workshop

Fri, September 6

5 to 7 pm

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Speaker Series #3

Stephen Kantrowitz

Tuesday, September 10

6:30 pm

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Citizens of a Stolen Land: A Ho-Chunk History of the 19th Century United States. Dr. Kantrowitz is Plaenert-Bascom Prof. of History & Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at UW-Madison.

Free event.

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The Galena Living History Society will 'travel' with you on the trail of history, exploring our historic home's journey through time. Tours begin in visitor center 10-12 and 1-3. Regular admission (free for members).

Follow the Trail

of History

Saturday, September 21

10 am to 4 pm

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Details on this walk commemorating the Ho-Chunk trail of forced expulsion coming soon.

 

(Pronounced Wau-wau-on-een-jau) Free event. Rain date: October 5

Event co-hosted by the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center.  

Wawa’ąįja

Walk

Sat, September 28

Time TBA

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Speaker Series #4

Dr. Patrick Jung

Tuesday, October 8

6:30 pm

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The Old Military Road: An Historic Highway Winding Through a Bigger Story. Dr. Jung is Professor of History and Anthropology at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

 Free event.

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Haven't taken a tour yet this year?  Today is your final opportunity!  

 

Tours

Closing Day:

2024 Season

Sunday, October 13

12 to 5 pm

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This season is dedicated in memory of...

  • Cissy Van Dyke Scannell Bryson

  • Donna Macie

  • Carole Nye

  • Edward (Ted) Rebholz

  • Steven Sarbacker

  • Polly Stone

and in honor of...

  • Dave & Sandy Gunderson

  • Parker and Peylen Littlegeorge Kowalke

  • Barbara J. Meyer

  • Judge Daniel O'Connor

  • Volunteers at HIAH

  • Dr. Anne Vravick

  • Barbara Zaiser

Thank you to those who are making this season's programming, exhibits, and preservation endeavors possible:

Grantors:

  • Alliant Energy Foundation - Giving for Good

  • C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund - Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

  • Chipstone Foundation

  • Cissy VD Bryson Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in memory of Cissy Van Dyke Scannell Bryson

  • Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin

  • Edward C. Lenz and June M. Lenz Charitable Trust

  • George L. N. Meyer Family Foundation

  • H.L. Palmer Masonic Angel Fund

  • Kohler Foundation

  • Museum at the Portage - Portage Historical Society

  • National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin

  • Portage Tourism - City of Portage

  • William O'Connor and Krista Roys in honor of Judge Daniel O'Connor

  • Wisconsin Federation of Museums

  • Wisconsin Humanities

Business Sponsors:

...and all of you who help us meet our essential operational needs through your steadfast financial partnership.

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