#1 - Black Hawk, Chief, 19th C.
Black Hawk (Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak, Black Sparrow Hawk, 1767-1838), a Sauk war chief, led a faction of Sauk and Fox in 1832 to defend their ancestral lands that had been ceded to the U.S. in an 1804 treaty. This action resulted in the Black Hawk War which ended with the Battle of Bad Axe near Prairie du Chien. Black Hawk escaped but surrendered at Ft. Crawford a few weeks later in August 1832.
Installed and dedicated October 8, 2005
#2 - Dr. William Beaumont and son Israel, 19th C.
Dr. Beaumont (1785-1853) was a famous pioneer of medical physiology. His extensive experiments on one man, Alexis St. Martin, formed the basis for much of our knowledge of the human digestive system. He served as the Army surgeon at Ft. Crawford during the 1820s and 1830s, the era of the Black Hawk War.
Installed and dedicated June 10, 2006
#3 - Victorian Lady, 19th C.
This Victorian woman's clothing, circa 1894, was known as a "tailor suit" and was considered appropriate for an active woman. It consisted of a one-piece bodice with large leg-o-mutton sleeves. Typically made from dark wool broadcloth, the bodice front and collar were often made of silk.
Installed and dedicated November 4, 2006
#4 - Voyageur, 17th and 18th Cs.
Voyageurs were men hired especially to paddle the canoes and work on the long river trips that the fur traders, explorers and missionaries undertook. Most of these men were French Canadians, many of them familiar with the riverways and the frontier.
Julian Coryer, great great great grandfather of our sponsor, Patrick Leamy traveled as a voyageur for the Hudson Bay Company from New England through the great lakes and on the Fox and Wisconsin rivers to Prairie du Chien, down the Mississippi River, up the Missouri River and finally back to settle in Prairie du Chien during the early part of the 19th century.
Installed and dedicated May 30, 2009
#5 - Emma Big Bear
After her relatives left for the reservation in Wisconsin, Emma Big Bear Holt stayed by her beloved Mississippi River, making beatiful baskets and jewelry for a living. She is a direct descendant of Chief Decorah of the Winnebagos which are now called Ho-Chunk. Part of her home is still preserved at The Winery in Marquette, Iowa.
To be installed and dedicated July 16, 2011
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