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WAU-BUN by Juliette Augusta Kinzie
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Jan 01, 08

bookshelves: nonfiction, autobiography
Read in November, 2007

Another book that had been on my "must read" list for a long time. This is an interesting read for anyone liking history, particularly history in the Wisconsin/Michigan/Illinois area. It also may be of interest to those involved in Girl Scouting -- Juliette Kinzie was the grandmother of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Mrs. Kinzie moved with her husband to Wisconsin, into Fort Winnebago, where he served as a liason between the tribes there and the United States government. This book, memoirs and reflections of Mrs. Kinzie's life in the late 1820s and 1830s, offers an interesting and rare first-hand account of the area then. Kinzie was an accomplished artist, and pictures of the landscapes she saw are included in the book. Also helpful are the author's note and footnotes, explaining various people who would have been known then, but not necessarily today, along with the occassional note when Kinzie's memory was not quite accurate (the book was first published in 1856).

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