Culture / History

Cultural Center, LIbrary & Museum

Cultural Center, Library, & Museum

The Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center, Library and Museum was primarily created to educate the public with a permanent exhibit outlining significant historical events and to pass the culture and traditions of the Bodewadmi to the next generations.

The core of the museum is our collection of historical and contemporary photographs, audio/video, books, treaties, manuscripts, language material and other memorabilia.

Services Offered to the Community:

  • Language and cultural class instruction
  • Historical photograph reproduction and repair
  • Native American DVD rental and gift shop sales
  • 4000 library books on the history and culture of the Great Lakes Indians
  • Tribal newspapers of Wisconsin tribes and Potawatomi bands

Research Services Offered:

  • Archived state and local records
  • Family charting, maps, etc.

Call ahead for class offerings and other information.

Forest County Potawatomi Library

Cultural Center, Library & MuseumThe Forest County Potawatomi Library is a  tribally-owned and operated public library. Our collection focuses  exclusively on Native Studies, with an emphasis on the Potawatomi Nation  and the tribes of the Great Lakes region. We also have a  non-circulating research library which consists of reference materials  and a rare book collection.  We are located in the upper level of the  Museum building.

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Regular Hours of Operation

Monday -Thursday 7 am – 5 pm.

If you have special research needs or want to inquire about our collection, please call 715-478-4841.

Circulation Policy

Books and CD’s are loaned for 3 weeks and may be renewed twice by phone or e-mail. Videos and DVD’s are loaned for 2 weeks and may be renewed once by phone or e-mail.

Library Fines: To protect our library collection and keep items available for all patrons, we are now issuing late fees.

Overdue fines are assessed accordingly: Books & CD’s: .10 per day, not to exceed $5.00 per item. Videos & DVD’s: .20 per day, not to exceed $5.00. per item.

**Items CANNOT be renewed after they are late. They must be returned and late fees must be paid. Then the items may be checked back out if more time is needed.**
For more information about the Forest County Potawatomi Library please call 715-478-4841.

Forest County Potawatomi Gift Shop

Opening Hours for the Gift Shop: Monday – Thursday – 7 am – 11 am and 12 pm – 5 pm

The gift shop has a wide variety of items such as; Baskets, Paintings, Jewelry, Clothing and more! We carry authentic Native American items that are selected from Native American Artisans local and regional. So when you come to visit you can bring some Native American culture home!