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Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller | Women’s History Month Program
March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite you to join us for an introduction to Juliette Kinzie and explore her journey as she chronicled her life adventures from proper New England society lady, to life as the Indian Agent’s wife. This program is presented by Kathe Crowley Conn, author of the biography “Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller”. This program is free, but space is limited and registration is required – register below.
In 1830, young Juliette Magill Kinzie moved from her fancy home in the East to a rustic log cabin at Fort Winnebago in what would later be called Wisconsin. She joined her husband, John Kinzie, who had just been named the Indian agent at Fort Winnebago (now Portage), one of Wisconsin’s earliest settlements. While living at the fort, Juliette came to know the Indian communities that called the land home, especially the Ho-Chunk. She was witness to the devastation of the Ho-Chunk during and after the Black Hawk War.
She was among the first white women to visit Ke-Chunk, the Ho-Chunk village that was located here along Turtle Creek. She later wrote about her visit in her best-selling book about her experiences, “Wau-Bun: The Early Day in the Northwest“, a first-person account of life on the frontier. Juliette also was grandmother to Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA.
About Kathe Crowley Conn – Kathe is an author, creative professional and recognized leader in the areas of education, public programming, institutional management, philanthropy and communications. She wrote and produced the award-winning documentary “Aldo Leopold: Learning from the Land”. She currently serves as CEO of the catalyst consulting organization, WeThinkBig LLC, where she works with visionaries and key stakeholders to nurture innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships among the education, business and philanthropic communities. Kathe will have copies of her biography “Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller” available for sale at this program.