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Prairie du Chien 1814

Last weekend the Villa Louis and the Wisconsin Historical Society celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Siege of Prairie du Chien in 1814.  The family and I went down for the day on Sat. to visit with friends and see the event for the big anniversary.  It is a neat little event and the only War of 1812 event I have ever done.  This history of the siege is very cool and a good little piece of Wisconsin History. Here is a...

Madeline Island 2014

Once again, Hilary and I went to Madeline Island for the Madeline Island Historical Museum’s Fur Trade weekend.   This year, however, we brought with our daughters.  Madeline Island is a wonderful place with an amazing history and we very much enjoy visiting every year.  It is also a neat little educational gig that a few of us get to help the museum out with. The musuem itself is a great little museum with a large...

Finishing some projects

It has been a good couple of weeks.  Since getting new historic clothing done for the kids, I have been able to get some projects done for me.  I finished the checked linen shirt.  I also got a pair of later style pantaloons (tight trousers… the skinny jeans of the period) made out of a nice “mixed cloth.”  As I worked down the to do list, I made a new oilcloth, put a better handle on the hand dague...