The Mound Builders
About 14,000 years before Europeans ever set foot on the American continent, the Fond du Lac area had been developed by a mysterious group of people known as the Mound Builders. The name describes the principal artifact of these people, their elaborate mound structures used for burial of the dead and as a foundation for public works. Even after the time of the Mound Builders, their earthen monuments were used by local Indian tribes. Adding to their mystery is the abrupt disappearance of the Mound Builders many hundreds of years ago, to where no one knows.
Thelma Sadoff Center
Fond du Lac flies its cultural flag high with the downtown presence of the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. A successor of the Fond du Lac Arts Council, the Thelma Sadoff Center is an expansion on, and consolidation of previous regional arts centers, becoming a regional hub for the arts. The Center houses a permanent art collection, hosts events, and classes for the community and sponsors local artists' collectives. These include the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective and the Fond du Lac Visual Arts group, both part of the artistic life of the town.
Sportsmen are drawn to Fond du Lac by the magnet of Lake Winnebago, the largest freshwater lake in Wisconsin. Lake Winnebago dwarfs the town itself, offering a huge expanse on which to boat, swim, fish, or windsurf. All types of fish inhabit the lake, making it an extremely popular destination for die-hard and fair-weather anglers alike. If you can stand the cold, you can even go ice fishing. Fishing is far from the only activity lake-goers enjoy: Windsurfing and kiting are both very popular on Lake Winnebago. All throughout the year in any weather, there is something fun to do on the lake.