Driftless Area’s & First Peoples

This interactive exhibit tells the story of our amazing land and the Native American inhabitants who first lived, hunted and mined Galena and the Driftless.The exhibit was several years in the making, having received partial funding from a State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) grant, from donations generated during the Historical Society’s 2013 and 2015 annual fundraising appeals, and a generous grant from the Hamill Family Foundation.

It is the museum’s first truly professionally designed exhibit, start-to-finish, and serves as the visual and thematic gateway to the rest of the museum attractions. Designed by Split Rock Studios from the Twin Cities, working in collaboration with museum Curator Ray Werner, the exhibit demonstrates a more interactive approach to educating and entertaining museum visitors.

“The exhibit will appeal more to the senses–sight, hearing and touch–utilizing modern technologies that attract and educate all ages,” Werner says. Driftless Area & First Peoples showcases the style and quality that visitors will experience at the new museum.