Step back into the fur trading era and learn about the hardships of the Voyageur way of life.
Lower level meeting room.
During the fur trading era, the colorful Voyageurs were key figures who worked and traveled through the Fox Valley region.
Step into the past with the Butte des Morts Historical and Preservation Society and learn about the hardships of the Voyageur way of life. Jerry Disterhaft and Glenn Gorsuch will detail early exploration of the Fox River by Father Marquette and Louis Jolliet. They will talk about Marquette and Jolliet's French outpost, which changed life forever in our area, as well as the history of the Fox River and the importance of river travel. You'll also hear about Disterhaft and Gorsuch's recreated 28” voyageur canoe.
Learn the main points of the fur trade, from the rich European investors, the natives and trappers, to the “Plu” or pelts, mostly beaver which became the standard currency. A variety of artifacts and display photos will also make this a most memorable night for young and old alike.