New Audio Tour Now
Available at the
A Year with the
Take a look at the many items
available for sale in the Hauberg Museum.
• Coffee Cups
• Art Prints
Click here to download a list of items.
March - October
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed Noon - 1 p.m. for lunch)
November - February
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Noon - 1 p.m. for lunch)
Closed Monday and Tuesday and some
major holidays. Call for
Guided tours of the museum are given by appointment;
The museum, lodge and restrooms are handicapped accessible.
The Hauberg Indian Museum, located in the
by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934, interprets the story of the
The collection of Dr. John Hauberg, a Rock Island philanthropist,
forms the basis of the museum's collection, which features full-size replicas
of Sauk winter and summer houses. Dioramas with life-size figures depict activities
of the Sauk and Meskwaki people typical of the period 1750 to 1830. Many
artifacts, including authentic trade goods, jewelry and domestic items are
New Audio Tour Now Available at the
Thanks to the Rock Island Kiwanis, AT&T, Mel McKay Trust, Charles Deere-Wiman
Trust, Alfaretta Young Trust, Beth Carvey of Black Hawk State Historic Site,
Dave Cox of Moline-based 2dogs digital audio, and Citizens to Preserve Black
Hawk Park Foundation, the Hauberg Indian Museum has a free audio tour now
available to visitors.
The 24-minute recording takes the
listener through ten stops. The narration describes the life of the Sauk and
Meskwaki Nations from 1750 to 1830 and expands on the information given in the
exhibit labels. The script was narrated by Craig Sechler of PBS “Nova” and
National Geographic programs, local actor Pat Flaherty, WLLR’s Craig Michaels,
Mike Kennedy of St. Ambrose University, children’s book author Nancy Nehlsen and
Kids' 1934 adventure
turned up a priceless
piece of the past
Imagine! It is the summer
of 1934. You and your siblings, cousins, parents, aunts and uncles live in
three summer cottages located on Big Island. Every day you and the other kids
spend the entire day outdoors, playing in the woods and swimming in the river.
The area is gripped by record heat. There is a drought. Every day the level of
the Mississippi River drops a little more.
One day you come home to hear your
uncle complaining that when he was out on the river fishing, his boat kept
hitting a log submerged just below the surface of the water. He asks you, your
10-year-old brother and two of your cousins to help him remove the log. Out you
go, dig the log out of the mud, bring it to the surface of the water
... only to discover it
is a dugout canoe - one the Indians probably made and used! Fiction? No,
fact. The dugout canoe housed in the Hauberg Museum was found in just this way.
The children involved in the retrieval of the canoe were Thomas and Jack Edwards
and Bill and Janis Ehleb. It was a rare find. Very few original dugouts still