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Learn About Clayton County's Rich History with Emma Big Bear/Winnebago History Day
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Learn About Clayton County's Rich History with Emma Big Bear/Winnebago History Day

Emma Big Bear/Winnebago History Day will take place on Tuesday, July 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marquette Community Center in Marquette, IA in scenic Clayton County.

Come out to this awesome educational experience to learn about Emma Big Bear and her Winnebago people who lived in Wisconsin and Iowa. The Emma Big Bear Foundation will share its brochure which traces the path these people used within Northeast Iowa and across the river into Prairie du Chien, WI. The entire Emma Big Bear artifacts collection will be on display including hand beaded jewelry, black ash baskets, research material, photos, and an abundance of more artifacts.

Emma Big Bear is believed to have been the last full-blooded American Indian to have lived in Clayton County according to the Emma Big Bear Foundation

There will be different presentations throughout the day with time for questions after each segment.

Wayne Kling, Tomah Area Historical Society & Museum presents three different sessions.

12 p.m. – “Ho-Chunk Performing in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show”

1 p.m. – “Ho-Chunk Serving in American Civil War”

2 p.m. – “Dr. Franklin Powell (aka White Beaver), Ho Chunk Medicine Man 

Spencer Lone Tree, ‘Night Sun’ Books Author, Chief Winneshiek’s Grandson is will also be presenting a session.

3 p.m. – “Winnebago Removal Acts, Big Bear/Decorah Family Stories, ‘Night Sun’ Overview”

If you have an Emma Big Bear/Winnebago basket, bring them to the event for experts to authenticate. There will also be information available for where to find and purchase these authentic baskets along with expert basket cleaners and repairers.

More information can be found at the Emma Big Bear Foundation website or by contacting Connie Halvorson at 563-880-0266 or Rogeta Halvorson at 563-880-9190. Also, be sure to like Emma Big Bear Foundation on Facebook!

Clayton County, IA is rich in history so come out and learn about what makes it so great!

Written by Amy Bonvillain; Photo Credit to Emma Big Bear Foundation

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