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

(Prev. scheduled for May 20-22 & 27-30)

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 permanent 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!

Living History Days

Dates to be determined

***Update May 19: This reenactment was originally scheduled for June 6. It is being rescheduled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This year's Civil War reenactment focuses on year 2 of the war (1862).

Community Archaeology Dig

Dates to be determined

***Update May 24: This event was originally scheduled for June. It is being rescheduled likely for two consecutive weekends at the end of July due to Covid-19. 

Come and work alongside real archaeologists as we search for the 1830s Agency blacksmith shop.

Sponsored by:

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Annual Flag Day Celebration

June 20, 2020

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777. Share your patriotism as you participate with us.

Summer Speaker Series

July 7,14,21,28, 2020   |   6:30 pm

Every Tuesday night in July, talks will cover topics related to archaeology and blacksmithing. Admission is free!

Co-sponsored by:

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Book Signing: Ann Keating

Date to be determined

***Update May 19: The book signing is being rescheduled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Author Ann Keating will be present for a signing of her brand-new, fascinating book: The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire. She will have books for sale that day. If you would like to read the book ahead of time, we have copies stocked in our gift shop. Stop by and purchase one!

Saturday Morning Nature Walks

August 8 and 15, 2020

Our 233 acres surrounding the Agency House are a beautiful place to explore. Our guided nature walks are sure to be fun times of discovery.

Living History Day

September 19, 2020

This year's theme will be home entertainment in the 1830s. Watch a melodrama and participate by booing at the bad guy and cheering for our hero, while learning how our ancestors entertained themselves.

Election of 1832

October 3, 2020

Meet the presidential candidates of the 1832 election. Check back for details as they become available.

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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