Remembering the Treaty of Prairie du Chien
On Saturday, August 21, Villa Louis will honor the 185th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Prairie du Chien. Signed on August 19, 1825, by U.S. officials and representatives of the Sioux, Ojibwe, Sauk and Fox, Menominee, Iowa, Ho-Chunk, Ottawa and Potawatomi nations, the Treaty of Prairie du Chien sought to eliminate hostilities between the tribes and settlers until separate treaties could be negotiated with individual tribes. This important event took place at Fort Crawford on what is now the grounds of Villa Louis.
The original handwritten Treaty of 1825 is reproduced online at Turning Points in Wisconsin History where you can also find many other original documents on Indian-white relations during the Territorial Era.
Riverboat Cruises Commemorate the Treaty Signing
Villa Louis is partnering with Mississippi Explorer Cruises to offer special packaged deals for boat cruises that will enable visitors to learn more about the treaty and its participants while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Mississippi River. These hour-long boat rides will depart from the west lawn of Villa Louis at 11:30 am, and at 1:30 and 3:30 pm.
Fort Crawford Artifacts, Voyageur Re-enactors and Mansion Tours
The day's events also include a chance to view archaeological artifacts from Fort Crawford and explore the rebuilt Fort Crawford block house, interact with a voyageur, and chat with a historic map maker. Guided tours of the Villa Louis mansion complex will start at 10 am with the last tour departing at 4 pm.
If You Go
For complete details on hours, admission fees, locations and directions, see our visitor information pages. Tickets for the narrated cruise on the Mississippi Explorer are available for $10.
:: Posted August 19, 2010