Museums, Historic Societies and Historic Sites across Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois have dedicated exhibits and collections to education the community about the history of the Black Hawk War. Below is a sample of sites.
John Hauberg Indian Museum
This collection of Native American and frontier history is assembled in a stately brick building erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The exhibits include Black Hawk’s plaster life mask, as well as perhaps the largest accessible collection of Native American artifacts relating to the Sauk and Fox Nations.
The building is set on a majestic overlook with striking views of the Mississippi River Valley. The local tradition holds that Black Hawk was in the habit of climbing a towering cottonwood tree on the bluff in order to survey the valley.
1510 Forty-Sixth Avenue Rock Island, Illinois (309) 788-9536
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
Along the shores of the Mississippi River, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium successfully tells the story of the people who have called the area home, while incorporating the natural landscape and animals that also thrive in the Mississippi riverway.
The museum connects the early Native American contact with French explorers and traces the development of the mines and growth of the area through European immigration. The museum incorporates living natural history lessons through zoological displays. Guests may enjoy aquatic exhibits of sturgeon, stingrays and alligator snapping turtles. Outdoor aviaries feature raptors, river otters and numerous other species that call the river home.
350 East Third Street
Port of Dubuque, IA, 52001 (800) 226-3369