Join the Charles E. Brown Chapter of the Wisconsin Archeological Society, as Ryan Howell presents the results of recent research into the archaeology and history of Prairie du Chien, one of Wisconsin's oldest continually-inhabited communities.  Wisconsin.  During its history, village was ruled and populated by Native Americans, French, British, Spanish, and Americans, and for the last several centuries served as a neutral ground/trading center. Prairie du Chien’s post-Contact residents constituted a unique collection of French voyageurs and explorers, Scots-British fur clerks and Lairds, dense Native American and Metis communities, Spanish priests, former African and Native slaves, and Yankee lead miners. This diverse “outpost culture” managed to find their own ways to live and work together and adapt to each other’s cultures, economies, and religions for nearly 200 years. As such, their history has much to teach our present as we struggle with such issues of cultural diversity, cultural identity and boundaries of tolerance in our own society today.






  • Occurred Thursday, February 8th, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm


Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

816 State St.
Madison, WI 53706