Mobile Museum Booth at the Midwest Horse Fair

April 17-19, 2020

***Update March 13: The Midwest Horse Fair has been canceled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We will have a booth set up right next to the blazing forges of the World Championship Blacksmiths Competition all weekend! The work of blacksmiths who served Native tribes through Indian Agencies in the early 19th century is a special focus.

Booth space donated by:

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Presentation at the Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference

April 25, 2020

***Update March 17: The Ice Age Trail Alliance conference has been canceled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We will present, “The Agency House at the Portage: Geographic Intersection, Cultural Crossroads” at the Ice Age Trail Alliance conference in Stevens Point. Situated along the Ice Age Trail at the geographically-important area of the Portage, the Historic Indian Agency House became a cultural meeting ground where perceptions were challenged and transformed.

Archaeology Kids' Camp

NOW being offered FOR FREE ONLINE!

***Update April 9: The Archaeology Kids' Camps are no longer in-person camps due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we are now offering the camp for free online!

Children will learn hands-on what it takes to be an archaeologist. Originally, this STEM-based camp was offered to kids in grades 3 through 5 with pre-registration and a small fee required. However, our camp will now be offered for FREE online to any students, teachers, and families who are interested! The Historic Indian Agency House and Alliant Energy are committed to providing this opportunity for our community (local, national, and even worldwide) as a way to assist and support teachers and families as schools are closed during the pandemic. Please enjoy this educational opportunity with our compliments!

Sponsored by:

Opening Day / Ribbon Cutting

June 6, 2020

***Update April 9: The Opening Day Celebration date has been moved to June 6 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Take a tour of the Agency House on our first open day of the season! We will also be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony as we unveil our brand new "Crossroads" exhibit in the visitor center. Please be sure to check out our Covid-19 policies before you come for an in-person tour. We look forward to seeing you!

On-site Fundraiser

Season-long

As a fundraiser for the continued preservation of the Agency House, we are selling surplus pieces of the actual bricks that were removed from inside the Agency House's walls during its 2012 restoration. Own a piece of history, and help us preserve this valuable historic site for generations to come!

Summer Speaker Series

July 7,14,21,28, 2020   |   6:30 pm

MASK REQUIRED FOR THESE EVENTS

If we move indoors due to rain, participant numbers may be limited to first come-first served in order to maintain safe social distancing.

Join us every Tuesday night in July for some fascinating talks.   Admission is free! Bring a lawn chair, a maskbug spray, and eager anticipation of a wonderful evening!

July 7: Author Ann Keating (online presentation—registration

required) / You may purchase her book in our gift shop and read it ahead of time.

July 14: John Wackman: Historic-era Archaeology (outdoors)

July 21: Constance Arzigian: Prehistoric Archaeology (outdoors)

July 28: Adam Novey: Indian Agency Blacksmiths (outdoors)

Co-sponsored by:

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Community Archaeology Dig

July 18-19 and July 25-26, 2020

MASK REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

Come and work alongside real archaeologists as we search for the 1830s Agency blacksmith shop. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Reserve your dig time(s) through our archaeology dig web page.

Sponsored by:

Blacksmithing Demonstrations

July 18-19 and 25-26, 2020

MASK REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

Live blacksmithing demonstrations are planned to coincide with our Community Archaeology Dig weekends.  Explore the history and techniques of blacksmithing as we endeavor to locate and excavate the 1830s Agency blacksmith shop!

Living History Days: Civil War

 August 8 and 9, 2020 | 10am to 4pm each day

MASK REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

This reenactment focuses on year 2 of the war (1862). Get your wristband at the visitor center and spend as much time with the reenactors throughout the day as you desire!They are passionate about what they do, and they have so much to share with you. They will be encamped outside and cordoned off in a way that is socially distanced but still allows for easy interaction with visitors. FREE for members. All others may attend the reenactment and tour the museum/house with regular paid admission.

Saturday Morning History Hike

August 29, 2020  |  10:00 am

***Update: The date of this event has changed, and it is now a unique history walk instead of a nature walk.

 

MASK REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

The acreage surrounding the Agency House is not just a beautiful place to explore. It is steeped in rich and fascinating history. Join us for a guided history walk on our "Stories of the Land" trailway. Meet outside the visitor center at 10 am. Children may participate if accompanied by a responsible adult. The history walk is FREE, but a donation is greatly appreciated.

Living History Day: 1830s

September 19, 2020

MASK REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

This reenactment is scaled back quite a bit from what was originally planned due to the pandemic, but it absolutely be worth your while to come out and learn from two well-versed reenactors who love to share 1830s history!  They will be portraying general day-to-day life in the 1830s. The reenactors will be cordoned off in a way that is socially distanced but still allows for easy interaction with visitors. FREE for members. All others may attend the reenactment and tour the museum/house with regular paid admission.

Election of 1832

October 3, 2020

***Update July 3: This event has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope to try again next year.

Meet the presidential candidates of the 1832 election.

Portage Center for the Arts has generously offered its facilities for this performance.

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Kiddie Christmas

December 12, 2020   |   1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Our 14th annual Kiddie Christmas is sure to be lots of fun! Admission is free, but a donation is appreciated.

Events (Subject to change—check back frequently)

The Historic Indian Agency House

1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI 53901

historicindianagencyhouse@gmail.com

608.742.6362

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