1825 Treaty of Prairie du Chien
Saturday, August 21, 2010 10 am-5 pm (riverboat cruises depart the west lawn of the Villa Louis at 11:30 am and at 1:30 and 3:30 pm)
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. The signing of the historic treaty took place at Fort Crawford on what is today the grounds of the Villa Louis.
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. Mississippi Explorer riverboat cruises $10 per person.
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