Welcome Friends of Madeline Island Museum!
Coming Next Season!
Madeline Island Museum's
Special 2017 Exhibit
Women of Madeline Island
The contributions of women to the history and culture of Madeline Island.
Sometime after 1792, Michael Cadotte established a trading post on Madeline Island, probably at the site shown in the photo at right. From this advantageous site he built a large and flourishing fur trade that served northern Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota.
Michael's marriage to Ikwesewe (Madeline) — for whom the island was named — and who was the daughter of an Ojibwe chief — and his sympathetic understanding of local tribes won their affection. It also gained him a monopoly of their trade.
There is no known photograph of Ikwesewe.
Madeline Island Museum Evening Events are Free and Open to the Public
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A Video Visit to Our American Fur Trade Event
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Featuring Books, Maps, Pictures, Puzzles, Cards,
Jewelry, Children's Items, Ojibwe Crafts and More...
with a special emphasis on the
History, Culture and Arts
of Madeline Island, Lake Superior and the surrounding region.
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The Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin cooperate in a Network of Area Research Centers (ARCs) located at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and at UW campus libraries throughout the state. The ARC at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center supports genealogical and historical research for eight Northern Wisconsin Counties. Madeline Island Museum also has a small historical research library containing records related to the island. Contact the ARC for access to records from either library.