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A Brief Introduction

Read about the term Winnebago Indians, and follow links to the Ho-Chunk and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska to learn more about the communities.

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

How One Family Helped Build the Modern Tourist Destination

Discover how Wisconsin Dells came to prominence as a Midwestern tourism institution.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Death of the Chief

Discover the history of Ho-Chunk chief Red Bird from 1788-1828.

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

How the Natives Lost Their Land

Learn about the many treaties between the United States government and native tribes.

Historical Essay

Ho-Chunk Hide Scraper

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Wooden handled hide scraper with steel blade made and used by Ho-Chunk Indians in Wisconsin in the early 20th century. (Museum object #1951.949)

Brief history of the various reformed churches brought to Wisconsin by German and Dutch immigrants.

Historical Essay

Early U.S. Settlement

Military Outposts in Wisconsin

Read how American forts were established and settlement increased in Wisconsin after the War of 1812.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Cherokee twilled basket, probably traded to Wisconsin, mid 19th century. (Museum object #1955.1021)

Indian Agent

Biography of Indian agent Joseph Montfort Street.

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

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

A Warrior Prepared to Die is Disappointed

Discover the story of a Ho-Chunk warrior who surrenders and is grieved at receiving a fair trial.

Influential Early Wisconsin Settlers

Historical Essay

Winnebago War (1827)

Brief description of the Winnebago War.

A brief description of the history of mining operations in Southwestern Wisconsin.

How Native Life was Transformed

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