Chief Mishicot Monument

Sculptor Bren Sibilsky and local artist Bonnita Budysz
The first steps toward creating a memorial to Chief Mishicott, our village’s namesake, were taken at the end of January 2017. Members of the Village Board, Mishicot Area Growth and Improvement Committee, Riverwalk Committee, Historical Museum Committee, two award winning local artists, and friends of the community met to discuss the importance of honoring our history and remembering the Potawatomi Chief after which Mishicot is named.

Local artist Bonnita Budysz and sculptor Bren Sibilsky discussed the process of designing and creating a permanent monument for the village that will last for generations to come. Much additional planning and input from the community will determine the final specifications and scope of the project.

Future discussions will focus on gathering funding and grants for the sculpture. The goal of the monument is to capture the story of the Potawatomi people and their relationship with early settlers of the area. 

If you are interested in more information or wish to contribute to the project in any way, contact Jim Sustman at 920.755.3317 or Kim Rezek at 920.755.3411.

Mishicot Two-Room Graded Schoolhouse Exhibit

Learn more about the history of the Mishicot School District here:
History of Mishicot School District (1948)
Originally published in A centennial history of the Manitowoc County school districts and its public school system, 1848-1948

This photograph of Abraham Lincoln once hung
in a Mishicot School District schoolhouse.

Map of the United States from 1835.
Chief Mishicot was 3 years old then, and Daniel Smith, founder of the
Village of Mishicot, was 34 years old and living in New York State
-- maybe thinking about heading west to the new frontier.

Potawatomi Chief Mishicot Exhibit

Chief Abraham Mishicot,
great-grandson of the first Chief Mishicot,
namesake of the Village of Mishicot.

Earl Meshigaud, great-grandson of Chief Abraham Mishicot,
and his wife Alesha, who led the 2004 Village of Mishicot
Pumpkinfest parade.

Gift of Earl Meshigaud to the Village of Mishicot,
presented at the 2004 Village of Mishicot Pumpkinfest.

Resolution presented by the Village of Mishicot to Earl Meshigaud (a direct
descendant of the Chief Mishicot after whom the Village is named);
presented at the 2004 Village of Mishicot Pumpkinfest.

Jacques Vieau and his Trading Post Exhibit

Noted fur trader Jacques Vieau established his second trading post along the west shoreline of Lake Michigan, near what would become in 1844 the Village of Mishicot. In 1795, Vieau became the first white man to settle Manitowoc County. A monument to this event was erected on Jambo Creek Road in 1922. Originally an Indian trail, Jambo Creek Road was named based on the Indian interpretation of Jacques Vieau.

The Mishicot Historical Museum and Research Center is proud to host an extensive display on the life of Jacques Vieau.

Jacques Vieau and his wife, Angeline.

The unveiling of the Jacques Vieau monument.

also a prestigious Wisconsin Registered Landmark.