Great Lakes/Great Books is a monthly discussion group of books that have a focus on the Great Lakes or on water in general. Works of fiction, nonfiction, and more are discussed both in-person and virtually. This month’s selection is The Silver Man: The Life and Times of Indian Agent John Kinzie.
About the book
Witness the dramatic changes that swept the Wisconsin frontier in the early and mid-1800s through the life of Indian agent John Harris Kinzie. As an Indian agent at Fort Winnebago–in what is now Portage, Wisconsin–John Kinzie served the Ho-Chunk people during a time of turbulent change as the tribe faced increasing attacks on its cultural existence and very sovereignty, and struggled to come to terms with the US advancement into the upper Midwest.