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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 Quad Cities are an ideal location to begin your exploration of the Black Hawk War. Visit the local community travel resources at the Visit Quad Cities link below.

John Hauberg (1869–1955), the noted Rock Island philanthropist, was a passionate advocate in preserving and spreading the legacy of First Nations in Illinois. Over decades he befriended members of the Sauk and Meskwaki Nations (today in Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas) and built a collection of artifacts and documents that are now housed in the Hauberg Indian Museum within Black Hawk State Park. In 1940, the Meskawki Nation near Tama, Iowa, honored John Hauberg with a traditional dance in Rock Island that included bestowing a tribal name upon Mr. Hauberg.

Additional nearby historic sites include the Rock Island Arsenal Museum and Colonel Davenport House. The partial reconstruction of Fort Armstrong (freely accessible) is another notable site that played a role in the important story of the Black Hawk War.

Boarding the nearby Celebration Belle in Moline for a river excursion is an excellent option to experience the beauty of the area that was contested during the conflict. Tours include longer trips that allow for journeys north to Prairie du Chien and Dubuque.

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