Permanent Exhibit:  Crossroads

Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin, we have a totally re-designed permanent exhibit in our visitor center as of our 2020 season.


The permanent exhibit, 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.

Our new visitor center exhibit also allows us to better serve our patrons with physical disabilities as we now have a video presentation of our house tour available for those who are not able to negotiate the stairs of the historic home itself. In addition, we installed a handicapped accessible sidewalk to our visitor center in 2018 thanks to a generous grant from the Edward and June Lenz Chartiable Trust.

We look forward to your visit.


Permanent Outdoor Exhibit: A Landscape of Families (Coming Spring 2022)

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as well as provide meaningful opportunities for cultural enrichment and encourage healing. The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.*

*This project supports Wisconsin Humanities' mission to strengthen the roots of community life through educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation and individual imagination. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

The Historic Indian Agency House is partnering with the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center to create a new outdoor exhibit at the Historic Indian Agency House by the spring of 2022. "A Landscape of Families" is designed to be a powerful means by which to present the personal stories of the Ho-Chunk Nation which happened on these grounds — their homeland —

Special Exhibit 2021: Archaeology and Frontier Blacksmithing

Our 2021 special exhibit is held over from the 2020 season in order to give more visitors an opportunity to enjoy it.  

Come prepared to think like an archaeologist! Have fun analyzing scenarios that come up in the everyday work of those who study the past through scientific excavation. Because our ongoing archaeological dig is focused on locating the 1830s blacksmith shop on our property, the exhibit also highlights the work of frontier blacksmiths.

This special exhibit was sponsored by the late Portage attorney Doug Kammer just prior to his passing. We honor his memory and his commitment to impacting the community through his support of the Historic Indian Agency House.


Sponsor a special exhibit

Our special exhibits are made possible each year by either a corporate or individual sponsor. If you would like information about sponsoring next year’s special exhibit – or about sponsoring our thematic programming for a season – please contact us. Your sponsorship is needed and so appreciated!

Permanent and Special Exhibits