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:
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.