Juliette Kinzie's Wau-Bun

Even if you've read this fascinating classic before, don't miss our new edition loaded with extra features!

Garrison life and native customs

Everyday affairs and extraordinary frontier exploits

A rich and complex convergence of cultures

Wars, privation, and struggles for survival

Compassion, generosity, and sacrifice

Beauty juxtaposed with danger in the wilderness

Weighty issues and critical decisions that would

reverberate for generations

...back when Chicago was a prairie...when indigenous tribes inhabited the lands of their fathers...when prominent figures in the annals of history had not yet risen above obscurity...when John H. Kinzie served as Indian sub-agent at Fort Winnebago in frontier Wisconsin...

It’s all here in Wau-Bun.


First published in 1856, Mrs. Kinzie's firsthand account of life in the Early Day of the upper Midwest remains captivating, thought-provoking, heart-rending, enlightening, amusing, and inspiring.

Discover the rest of the story

in the Historic Preservation Edition:


  • The sojourn of the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Nation after their forced removal from their ancestral lands

  • The endeavors of the Kinzies after leaving Fort Winnebago in 1833

  • The rescue of the Indian agency house—now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places

The Historic Preservation Edition also features an introduction and footnotes by renowned historian Louise Phelps Kellogg. 

The Historic Indian Agency House was the home of the author from 1832-1833, and as such, it uniquely and powerfully provides the physical setting for the historical drama of Wau-Bun. The history happened here. Proceeds from the Historic Preservation Edition will contribute to the continuing preservation of this important historic site for the benefit of future generations.


If you show your 2021 membership card when you purchase Wau-Bun from our gift shop, you will receive $1 off every copy you buy (paperback or hardcover) all through 2021. No limit! Buy for yourself, family, and friends with your membership.


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Historic Preservation Edition 

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The Historic Preservation Edition of Wau-Bun was made possible by a grant from the Cissy VD Bryson Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Wau-Bun: The "Early Day" in the Northwest