"River Rat" Kenny Salwey will speak at the historical society's Annual Meeting on January 12, 2017. The public is welcome.
Fort Crawford stood guard over Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, from 1816 until 1856. Now, the Fort Crawford Museum displays the history of the fort, its city, and the many lives that crossed here.
Visit us May through October for a self-guided tour, reserve a group tour, or attend an upcoming event.
See the Tools of Frontier Medicine
Learn how army surgeon William Beaumont pioneered the study of human digestion through his experiments at the Fort Crawford Military Hospital. Next, discover Civil War Medicine and the history of the Swift U.S. Army Hospital.
Explore Wisconsin's Military History
View the artifacts uncovered in archaeological excavations of old Fort Crawford as you follow the story of the Black Hawk War and its participants, including Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis.
Delve into Prairie du Chien's Past
See how Wisconsin's second oldest city grew from a frontier fur trading village into a midwestern rivertown as you encounter exhibits on local schools, historic businesses, and the coming of the railroad.