American Fur Company Building

American Fur Company Building
Learn How the Cultures of Madeline Island Co-Existed: American Indians, Explorers and Fur Traders

For centuries the Ojibwe people have lived near Lake Superior and Madeline Island is still the heart of their heritage and spirituality. The American Fur Company room tells their story through extraordinary beaded objects, clothing and tools used in daily life.

Also, explorer and fur trade artifacts illustrate the growth of these important enterprises on the island. They reflect the mixing of the French, British, American and Indian cultures and reveal how profoundly they influenced each other to create one unique island culture. These influences are still felt today.

The American Fur Company room is the only remaining building of the American Fur Company complex built at La Pointe in 1835, making it the oldest structure on Madeline Island.