Old Northwest Frontier Tours
Where the Spirit of the Past Still Lives
We are in the process of converting all of our video, audio and printed material over to digital format, but for now you can still order materials on DVD or CD format. Please check below and look items you may wish to order, and check for updates on iTunes or iBooks for future digital content. Thank you!
THE OLD MILITARY ROAD AND THE MRSWT - DVD-R - (1:30:00) - $15.00)
With Teachers Guide in Printed or PDF Format (28 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, spiral bound - $10.00)
This video has been developed in ten-minute chapters that can be easily fit into history class periods.
PART I - A PATH WINDING THROUGH THE WOODS - This ten minute-plus section deals with water transportation. It begins by telling the importance of rivers, lakes and major waterways in early days.
PART II - WISCONSIN’S THREE MILITARY FORTS - This ten minute-plus section deals with Wisconsin’s three forts and the reasons why they were situated where they were, being part of a larger plan by the United States’ Army to build military forts on key waterways throughout the territory.
Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien - Fort Winnebago at Portage - Fort Howard at Green Bay.
PART III - THE OLD MILITARY ROAD - This ten-minute-plus section of the video deals with the reasons for building the Military Road. The Native Americans had mined lead in the southern part of the state for many years before lead was discovered in Potosi in 1829. Lead miners needed a good road to ship lead and many of Wisconsin’s important leaders felt that a good road was necessary to increase economic opportunities.
PART IV - THE MILITARY ROAD SESQUICENTENNIAL WAGON TRAIN (MRSWT) - This six-minute-plus section deals with the making of the Military Road Sesquicentennial Wagon Train. It briefly explains how the train was organized and who participated, how funds were raised to support the train, and the cooperation required from the communities along the route to provide campsites, hay and water for the horses, food for the participants, and publicity, historical lectures, and entertainment for the public and the participants.
PART V - THE JOURNEY - This forty-five minute-plus section of the video shows actual footage of the MRSWT across the state. It includes impressive footage of horses, wagons and costumed participants and tells each day’s history.
THE PORT OF GREEN BAY - DVD-R - (35:00) - $10.00
Created in cooperation with the Port of Green Bay. This video tells the history of the Port of Green Bay from Native American times to present-day challenges for the port.
DEATH WIND ON THE PLAINS - DVD-R (52:00) - ($10.00)
With Teachers Guide in Printed or PDF Format (88 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, spiral bound - $15.00)
This video deals with the Frontier Army’s role in the destruction of the buffalo, 1865 - 1883.
“A COMING TOGETHER” - ONEIDA WHITE CORN HARVEST - DVD-R - (56:40) - $15.00
Created in cooperation with Tsyunhehkwa, Oneida Life Sustenance Project. This video deals with the Oneida White Corn Harvest and what it means to the Oneida People and to the public which helps in the harvest. A very positive look at the Oneida People, what they have to offer, and the progress that they continue to make. This one hour program aired for the first time on Wisconsin Public Television in October, 2009, and will continue to air intermittently during the next four years.
DE PERE, RAPIDS DES PERES, RAPIDS OF THE FATHERS, OUR PLACE IN NEW FRANCE AND THE OLD NORTHWEST TERRITORY - includes a Teacher's Guide on the CD.
A book in PDF format on CD that can be read on your desktop computer or mobile device - includes Teacher's Guide on the CD.
Early French History of De Pere in photos, graphics, and text. With Teacher's Guide, Video and Audio Clips. Be sure to check and enable your security options on Adobe Reader to play video and audio clips.
Chapters: 1. In the Beginning - The Natural Landscape 2. Animals, Food Supply and Native Americans 3. French Explorers, Fur Traders, Jesuit Missionaries 4. French discovery and Legacy 5. French and American Settlement 6. French Culture/Daily Life 7. The Americans 8. Video and Audio Clips 9. Teacher's Guide.
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