Lincoln's Frontier: 1825-1832
Saturday, August 01, 2009 - Sunday, August 02, 2009 10 am-5 pm
The years spanning the 1825 Treaty of Prairie du Chien and the Blackhawk War of 1832 witnessed monumental change for the region's Indian people. These were the years of Lincoln's youth, and the Black Hawk War would bring him, as a citizen-soldier, to what would become the state of Wisconsin. Living historians, representing soldiers and civilians of the era, share their perspectives on the necessity and impact of these changes, helping visitors to understand the turbulence and controversy that would help define Wisconsin and the Midwest as a new and potent region in an expanding United States.
Adults $9; children (5-17) $4.50; students and senior citizens (65 and over) $7.75; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $24.
Venue: Villa Louis
The historic Villa Louis mansion is the centerpiece of a grand Victorian estate built by the family of Hercules Dousman, a frontier entrepreneur who amassed a fortune in the fur trade and other frontier investments. The mansion has just undergone a top-to-bottom documentary restoration that has returned the Dousman home to the splendor of its 1890s heyday, using British Arts and Crafts interior designs inspired by famed designer William Morris.
521 Villa Louis Rd
PO Box 65
Prairie du Chien, WI