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Villa Louis at 150

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Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Villa Louis with a special presentation and question-and-answer session with former site curator Mary Antoine.

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Event Information

Dec 4 & 11 | Saturdays | 4 - 5 pm

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About the Event

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Villa Louis with a special presentation and question-and-answer session with former site curator Mary Antoine. Antoine, president of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, will guide the audience through the construction of the mansion, former residents, uses of the building, and the most recent restoration of the property. Antoine's research paved the way for a faithful restoration to be done in the 1990s and early 2000s. The talk, held in the recently restored 1850 Brisbois Fur Trade building, will show why this National Historic Landmark remains important after so many years.

Know before you go: The event is located in the heated 1850 Brisbois Fur Trade building; bathrooms are available. The event is free and open to the public, but limited to 45 guests. Contact the Box Office to reserve a seat, otherwise seating is first come, first served. Coffee, hot cider, and cookies will be available. Shopping will be available in the museum store before and after the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Villa Louis.


Cost:

This presentation is free and open to the public.
A goodwill donation supports site restoration efforts.

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

Villa Louis Historic Site
521 Villa Louis Road
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821



Accessibility

Wheelchair access is available to the Fur Trade Museum and restrooms, the first floor of the Villa Louis mansion, and the restrooms located near the mansion.

 

Contact

To reserve a seat, please contact the Box Office at (608) 264-4848 or boxoffice@wisconsinhistory.org.

For more event information, please contact Villa Louis at (608) 326-2721 or villalouis@wisconsinhistory.org.

Event Information

Dec 4 & 11 | Saturdays | 4 - 5 pm

Health & Safety Guidelines

Return Policy


About the Event

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Villa Louis with a special presentation and question-and-answer session with former site curator Mary Antoine. Antoine, president of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, will guide the audience through the construction of the mansion, former residents, uses of the building, and the most recent restoration of the property. Antoine's research paved the way for a faithful restoration to be done in the 1990s and early 2000s. The talk, held in the recently restored 1850 Brisbois Fur Trade building, will show why this National Historic Landmark remains important after so many years.

Know before you go: The event is located in the heated 1850 Brisbois Fur Trade building; bathrooms are available. The event is free and open to the public, but limited to 45 guests. Contact the Box Office to reserve a seat, otherwise seating is first come, first served. Coffee, hot cider, and cookies will be available. Shopping will be available in the museum store before and after the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Villa Louis.


Cost:

This presentation is free and open to the public.
A goodwill donation supports site restoration efforts.

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

Villa Louis Historic Site
521 Villa Louis Road
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821



Accessibility

Wheelchair access is available to the Fur Trade Museum and restrooms, the first floor of the Villa Louis mansion, and the restrooms located near the mansion.

 

Contact

To reserve a seat, please contact the Box Office at (608) 264-4848 or boxoffice@wisconsinhistory.org.

For more event information, please contact Villa Louis at (608) 326-2721 or villalouis@wisconsinhistory.org.

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