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To preserve, interpret, and promote this historic site in order to educate the public about the cultural, political and natural history of Wisconsin, inlcuding the Ho-Chunk/Winnebago Nation, during the commission of the United States Indian Agent John Harris Kinzie.
The Historic Indian Agency House (HIAH) is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin. The HIAH was built in 1832 by the United States government as a residence for John Kinzie, Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk people, and still sits on it original foundation on a 226-acre expanse of land nearly untouched by modern encroachment. The site holds the story of the fur trade, the opening of the West, and the accompanying changes to the Native way of life. The house stands amidst an ecological gem that preserves remnants of the Ice Age and other natural processes that shaped Wisconsin.
The HIAH was opened to the public in 1932, and since then has maintained a regular May 15 to October 15 open season. During this season, guided tours of the Agency House are offered for a nominal fee, and a permanent exhibit is available free of charge in the Visitors' Center. The site also organizes and executes numerous adult and children's programming ventures each year.