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Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: 'Wau-Bun' Stories

"Wau-Bun" author Juliette Kinzie set against a frontier Wisconsin backdrop

March is Women's History Month, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum is celebrating the occasion on Tuesday, March 6, with a dramatic portrayal and themed dinner built around the storied life of Juliette Magill Kinzie. Stories of Juliette Magill Kinzie, Frontier Adventurer, features an acclaimed first-person performance by Betsey Means of WomenLore that tells stories drawn from the pages of Kinzie's book documenting life in the Northwest Territory in the early 1830s with her husband, Indian Agent John Kinzie. That book, Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest, provides a thorough account of the years she spent at Fort Winnebago (now Portage) among voyageurs, fur traders, trappers and native people of the fur trade era from 1830 to 1834. This event is part of a series called Taste Traditions of Wisconsin, a taste-and-talk series that explores the rich culinary history, delicious indigenous ingredients and remarkable foodways of Wisconsin.

A Sumptuous Dinner Menu

Before the performance, guests will sit down to a delicious meal with a fur trade-themed menu.

  • Rushing Waters smoked rainbow trout with rustic bread, shaved onions, capers and dill butter
  • Salted duck breast crostini with warm brie and cherry preserves
  • Pea soup with salt pork
  • Green salad with roasted squash, pumpkin sees and maple vinaigrette (garnished with pemmican)

  • Roasted pork and red cabbage stew
  • Salt-crusted roast beef
  • Wild rice with cranberries
  • Roasted root vegetables (potatoes, turnip, rutabaga)

  • Biscuits au chocolat
  • Dried fruit bannock with powdered sugar

Ticket Information

Tickets are $30 per person ($27 for Society members). Reservations are due by Tuesday, February 28. Call 608-264-6555 to reserve your space.

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:: Posted February 23, 2012

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