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'Wisconsin Magazine of History,' Winter 2012-13

Juliette Kinzie's drawing of Fort Winnebago from her book, "Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest," for which she is today better known than her husband
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The cover story of the winter 2012-13 issue of the "Wisconsin Magazine of History," 'The Silver Man: John H. Kinzie and the Fort Winnebago Indian Agency,' details an ironic twist in Wisconsin History. John Kinze was a notable figure on the Wisconsin frontier in his day. Son of a prominent fur trader and Indian agent, many of the leading figures of the region knew him personally. His wife, Juliette, gained prominence through his position, but today the roles are reversed. Juliette is known as a significant author, whose book, 'Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest' remains an important work illustrating life in 19th-century Wisconsin.

A Crucial Period for the Ho-Chunk Nation

The cover of the winter 2012-13 issue of the "Wisconsin Magazione of History"
John Kinzie's career as an Indian agent at the Portage of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers lasted for only five years, yet his tenure marked a crucial period for the Ho-Chunk Nation. Between 1828 and 1833, the Ho-Chunk, also known as the Winnebago, came under close scrutiny of the Federal government and endured to two large land cessions. Within four years of Kinzie's resignation, the tribe ceded all their remaining lands in Wisconsin and was thrust into an excruciating 40-year period of forced removal from the region. Kinzie's years as Indian Agent provide a glimpse into the decline of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the emergence of the United States as the dominant power in Wisconsin. Author Peter Shrake brings Kinzie's history to light in this intriguing story.

Other Stories in the Winter 2012-13 Issue

This issue also includes articles on "The Legend of the Christmas Ship," about the wreck of the Rouse Simmons 100 year ago; "Wisconsin's League Against Nuclear Dangers" whose informed citizens limited the use of nuclear power in Wisconsin; and a collection of engravings based on sketches by artist, A.R. Waud. Also included is an excerpt from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press title, "This Wicked Rebellion."

Award of Merit Winner

The "Wisconsin Magazine of History" is the proud recipient of a prestigious 2010 Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History's Leadership in History Awards. The awards are presented for excellence in history programs, projects and people when compared with similar activities nationwide.

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:: Posted December 3, 2012

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