Black Hawk State Historic Site

 Saukenuk Exhibit

 New Forms!
 School Bus Grant
To help schools meet the
  transportation costs
  associated with field trips
  to Black Hawk State
  Historic Site.

Field Trip 

 New Audio Tour Now 
 Available at the 

Twelve Moons:
  A Year with the
  Sauk and 

Take a look at the many items available for sale in the Hauberg Museum.
•  Books
•  Postcards
•  Coffee Cups
•  Posters
•  Art Prints

Click here to download a list of items.

Hauberg Museum


Wednesday - Sunday           
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (closed Noon - 1 p.m. for lunch)

Closed Monday and Tuesday and some
holidays. Call for holiday schedule.

Guided tours of the museum are given by
appointment; phone 309-788-9536.
The museum, lodge and restrooms are
handicapped accessible.

The Hauberg Indian Museum, located in the
lodge constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934, interprets the story of the Sauk
and Meskwaki.

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 displayed.

New Audio Tour Now Available at the Museum
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 Riley Kelly.

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 compl
aining 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 survive.