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Rene Menard, 1605-1661


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"Missionary Labors of Fathers Marquette, Menard and Allouez, in the Lake Superior Region" by Rev. Chrysostom Verwyst


Vocabulary:

Jesuit
priest
missionary
voyage
converts


Interesting Fact:

Menard was often treated brutally by the Indians and it is believed that he was murdered.


Study Questions:

  • Why was Menard treated badly by some of the Indians he encountered?
  • What was life like for a 1660 missionary in Wisconsin?
  • Where were the Ottawas and Huron located in Wisconsin?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Rene Menard:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 28:

    1963: Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his "I Have A Dream" speech to a crowd of 200,000 people at a civil rights rally in Washington, D.C.
    1968: Anti-war demonstrators fight with the Chicago police during the Democratic National Convention.



  • August 28

    August 28, 1660: Father Rene' Menard, a Jesuit priest and Wisconsin's first missionary, left Three Rivers, Canada on a canoe voyage to minister the Ottawa and Huron converts. He lost his life a year later in present day Lincoln County.


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