Permanent Exhibit: Crossroads

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The permanent exhibit in our visitor center, entitled "Crossroads," brings our powerful and pivotal story to life, weaving the people, events, and material culture into the bigger picture of history. The crossing point between the Fox and Wisconsin rivers (the portage) has been a keystone of travel and migration ever since post-glacial waters carved their channels. Cultures intersected here. Ideas, values, beliefs, and ways of life converged here. Complex issues and difficult decisions were faced here. History of national significance was forged right here at the crossroads.

We strive to tell the story with balance, representing various viewpoints and contributions so that visitors may understand the complexity of the time period and exercise critical thinking as they consider the lessons taught by history. Multimedia and tactile sensory items are incorporated into the exhibit to augment the experience. Our goal is to tell our story in a manner that is engaging, immersive, comprehensive, clear, and educationally accessible to visitors of all ages.

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Outdoor Exhibit: A Landscape of Families

The Historic Indian Agency House and the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center have come together to educate through the powerful material encapsulated in the Ho-Chunk annuity register penned by sub-agent John H. Kinzie in 1832. The result is an outdoor exhibit entitled, "A Landscape of Families," which now stands on the site where the census was taken nearly two hundred years ago. A special website has also been created to enhance the exhibit with in-depth, interactive content. It is our joint hope that you will enjoy your engagement with this material, but even more, that you will come away changed by the insights gained.

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Rediscovering Fort Winnebago

— Opening soon —

A family story going back to at least the 1880s claimed that an unusual barn on a Marcellon township farm was actually a barracks which had been moved from the site of Fort Winnebago. For all its historical importance, little remains of Fort Winnebago today beyond an archaeological footprint. None of the timber frame garrison buildings were thought to be in existence. Could a fort structure really have eluded the public eye for nearly 200 years, surviving into modern times? Time was of the essence to investigate the oral story surrounding what had now become an unassuming pile of old timbers residing in an Amish cow pasture. Would the remarkable tale be validated by the tests of "buildings archaeology" and historical research? Examine the evidence...and rediscover Fort Winnebago. 

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Funded by:

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and Michael & Sally Connelly in honor of NSCDA-WI President Barbara J. Meyer

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