Journeys with Juliette: Virtual Tour of the Historic Indian Agency House

Mount Horeb Area Historical Society Driftless Historium Badgerland (South Wisconsin)
Badgerland (South Wisconsin) Virtual Event
  • 05/13/2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (CST)
  • Free
    • Grades 6-8
    • Grades 9-12
    • All ages

About this event

The Mount Horeb Area Historical Society invites you to join us for a virtual guided tour of one of the oldest houses in Wisconsin -- the Historic Indian Agency House -- with host and Site Director Adam Novey.

Built in 1832 by the U.S. government for the Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk Nation (Winnebago), it served as both home and base of operations for Subagent John Kinzie and his wife Juliette Magill Kinzie.

Novey will take us through this restored two-story structure’s common and private spaces, from parlor to dining room to servant quarters–all populated with period artifacts that help recreate the daily life of John and Juliette.

Juliette would later write of their experiences there and their travels around Wisconsin (then Michigan Territory) and the Midwest in her well-known book of memoirs, “Wau-bun: Early Day in the Northwest,” including a harrowing trip to Chicago that blew them through the Driftless area of western Dane County.

The Historic Indian Agency House still stands on its original foundation in Portage, Wisconsin. This location, smack dab between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, was a crucial link between the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence and Mississippi watersheds. It served as a highway for thousands of Wisconsin’s earliest European travelers, explorers, traders, settlers and miners—and, prior to that, for a millennia of First Peoples.

This Federal-style house is one of the oldest in Wisconsin, and has served as a museum since 1932 under the leadership of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and recognized as nationally significant in 2011—notably as a site of federal-indigenous interactions.

Can’t join us on May 11? The Historic Indian Agency House site in Portage, Wisconsin opens for their summer season on May 15. Learn more at

This event is part of the “Driftless Perspectives” series, exploring early writings about Southwest Wisconsin’s distinctive and bountiful landscape. Watch the Driftless Historium website and Facebook page for the latest program updates.

Funding for this free-to-all program series is provided by the Mount Horeb Community Foundation.

For more information and TO REGISTER, call 608-437-6486 or email: for registration and event link.


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  • Date(s)
    1. May 13 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (CST)
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  • Age Group(s)
    • Grades 6-8
    • Grades 9-12
    • All ages
  • Professional development opportunity
  • Accessibility Accommodations


Virtual Event

Registration is required for this free event; participants may choose to join via weblink or call-in number. To sign up, email (include “HIAH Virtual Tour” in the subject line) or call 608-437-6486 by May 11.

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