If you’ve been following the museum on Instagram you may have noticed we’ve been hinting at our next local history exhibit over the last few weeks. We’ve posted these images (right) asking our followers; first what these things are; and second what they mean to Green Bay. So what do a statue of Zachary Taylor, an iron shutter guard, a ledger from 1831 and the lines painted in the parking lot at Leicht Park have in common? The answer is Fort Howard. The fort was commissioned in 1816 to protect the western frontier in Wisconsin. It stood on the ruins of the previous French post, Fort La Baye, just across the street from the museum around where Titletown Brewery stands today.
(Zachary Taylor served as commander- the shutter guard once held the shutters open at the hospital on site, the ledger is the Quartermasters Ledger- the lines represent where researchers believe the corner of the stockade once stood)
Life and Death at Fort Howard (opening in April 2016) will explore the real stories of the military fort on the western shore of the Fox River. These stories include tales of murder, grand balls, a love triangle, and relations between the fort and the citizens building a community across the river.
Over the next seven months we will be sharing special behind-the-scenes pieces via this blog and Instagram. Some great artifacts have surfaced during our research and we want to share them with you! Stay tuned!