Event: Early European Settlement of the Sauk Prairie -Evening Program

Early European Settlement of the Sauk Prairie -Evening Program

Join us for our last “We Are Sauk Prairie” evening program of the season on Thursday, May 16.

Title: “Early European Settlement of the Sauk Prairie”

Presenter: Paul Wolter, Executive Director, Sauk County Historical Society

When: Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac

Summary:  When the land that was to become Sauk County was opened for settlement after the Treaty of 1837 with the Ho-Chunk Indians, settlers of European descent were only too eager to be the first to cross the Wisconsin River and stake a claim. The fertile, flat and treeless Sauk Prairie was one of the most desirable areas in the entire state and quickly became a network of productive farms. The area also sparked the development of two communities that grew into bonafide villages as well as other hamlets that eventually disappeared. The early pioneer settlement of the Sauk Prairie up until the eve of the Civil War will be discussed with the help of early maps, descriptions and stories.

The “We Are Sauk Prairie” lecture series has been supported with a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.