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Read about the fur trade conducted with the Wisconsin Indians over two centuries by first the French, then the British, and finally the Americans.

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Description: Drawing of trappers on leaving their hunting grounds.

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: The home and fur-trading post of Col. Dominique DuCharme. The portion of the structure on the left was built by DuCharme in 1791. The right portion was add...

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Description: Two photographs showing the workshop and storeroom of a taxidermy shop. The workshop is full of preserved animal bodies and skins hanging from the rafters...

Historical Essay

The War of 1812

Learn about the War of 1812 in Wisconsin when the British relinquished control over that territory and Americans took over the fur trade in the region.

Date: 1892-02 

Description: Engraving of a fur trader standing in the middle of a circle of seated Indians in their council tepee.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Appleton, Wisconsin.

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: The Astor Company or Brisbois fur trading post.

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: A drawing of the DuCharme/Grignon house and fur-trading post as it appeared shortly before being razed in about 1892.

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Chapter 4 description and supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Learn how white contact disrupted and transformed Indian life in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A scene including the American Fur Company buildings, an American flag, a lake and people in boats.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Field Trip

Take a field trip to the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison! Students will learn about Wisconsin archaeology, the fur trade, and native people.

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Astor fur trading building, The Northwest Fur Company, in 1808. This building later used as a post office before the Civil War.

Photograph

Old Mission Church

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Old Mission church on Madeline Island.

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: The home and fur-trading post of Col. Dominique DuCharme. The portion of the structure on the left was built by DuCharme in 1791. The right portion was add...

In 1959 Rev. A.A.A. Schmirler traced the path Fr. Rene Menard took in 1661 down northern Wisconsins rivers to discover where Menard likely died.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Date: 1761 

Description: A plan of the Straits of St. Mary and Michilimakinac, to shew the situation and importance of the two westernmost settlements of Canada for the fur trade....

French Fur Trader

Learn about one of the first French fur traders to visit Wisconsin. Read about his experiences with Indian tribes and his exploration of the countryside.
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