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, Wau-Bun endures as a fascinating and indispensable firsthand account of the ‘early day’ in the frontier Midwest. The volume also poignantly serves as a catalyst for deeper consideration of the crucial lessons of history that we dare not forget.
Discover the rest of the story
in the Historic Preservation Edition:
The resilience of the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Nation in the face of trauma and suffering after their forced removal from their homeland
The endeavors of the Kinzies after leaving Fort Winnebago in 1833
The story of the rescue and restoration of the Indian Agency House during the Great Depression (...now a museum since 1932)
The Historic Preservation Edition also features an introduction and footnotes by early 20th century historian Louise Phelps Kellogg.