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.