As of our 2020 season, we now have a totally re-designed permanent exhibit in our visitor center made possible in part by a generous grant from the Greater Sauk Community Foundation.

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 Exhibit

The Historic Indian Agency House

1490 Agency House Road, Portage, WI 53901


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