Wisconsin Historical Society | Villa Louis Speaker Series: “Enslaved, Indentured, Free” with Mary Elise Antoine

Explore the history of slavery in the Upper Mississippi River Valley through the lives of five remarkable black women in Prairie du Chien.
Focusing on five women in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin Historical Society Press author Mary Elise Antoine explores the history of slavery in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Join her for a short walking tour of the first Fort Crawford site on the Villa Louis grounds after the talk, and a book signing. Books will be available in the Villa Louis museum store.
This event is part of the Villa Louis Speaker Series.
Cost: Free.
Purchase General Admission Tickets: https://wihist.org/41fckjr
About the Location
When you walk through the doors of Villa Louis, you step into the life of one of Wisconsin’s most historic families – the Dousmans. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Villa Louis offers a panorama of Wisconsin history, beginning with the arrival of early fur traders through the heyday of the Victorian era. Highlighted by the stunning 1871 Italianate style mansion, the 25-acre site includes over a dozen historic structures including the Dousman Office Building, Ice House, Preserve House, Blockhouse, and the foundations of the first Fort Crawford.
Villa Louis
521 Villa Louis Rd
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Know Before You Go & Accessibility
Wheelchair access is available to the 1850 Brisbois Fur Trade Warehouse and restrooms, the first floor of the Villa Louis mansion, and the restrooms located near the mansion. Guests with additional mobility needs are encouraged to contact Villa Louis directly at 608-326-2721 or villalouis@wisconsinhistory.org.
For more information, please contact the box office at 608-264-4848 or boxoffice@wisconsinhistory.org.