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Fort Atkinson enjoys the 1840's with 'Rendezvous Days'

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Michael Levine is one of more than 100 people who decided to live in a different time period for a few days, the 1840's.

"A lot of that you don't even get in school," said Levine.

Levine travels to different rendezvous throughout the United States, fully immersing himself in the lifestyle.

"Any time we can do any kind of a event that supports a standing fort or historical sight, we're doing it for the history," said Levine.


And that's why hundreds of people gathered at the military post grounds of Fort Atkinson over the weekend, for history.

The event is held at the fort which was built to protect members of the Winnebago Tribe.

"It was made to have soldiers here to protect the indians from other roaring tribes that didn't get along with the Winneabegos. Plus also a little bit of it was to keep them here in this area instead of going back into Wisconsin," said Ron Franzen, Friends of Fort Atkinson Group.


For 37 years the 'Friends of Fort Atkinson Group' has brought back that past with events like a cannon shoot, the shooting of the anvil, and kids games.

Organizers say it's important to keep this event to educate people of the actual fort that established the town.

"Preserve history is the big thing. If we don't work with it and try to take care of this it will be gone and 50 years, 100 years down the road nobody will know what it was even about," said Franzen.

Fort Atkinson is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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