Making a hometown

Life in Neenah’s progressive Era

Opening in May 2017 and on display until February 2019, Making a Hometown - Life in Neenah's Progressive Era featured the story of industry and community building organizations and how they worked together during the Progressive Era (1890-1920) to establish the community we still enjoy. The exhibit won the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Board of Curators Museum Exhibit Award in 2018.

Funding support for this exhibit was provided by the Bright Idea Fund through the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Wisconsin Humanities Council, and Bemis Company Foundation.

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When Neenah Came Marching Home

Remembering the Sacrifice of Neenah's Civil War Soldiers

Opening in May 2015 and on display until December 2016, When Neenah Came Marching Home: Remembering the Sacrifice of Neenah's Civil War Soldiers honored the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The exhibition explored local soldiers' experiences and hometown contributions to the war effort through personal letters, diaries, photographs, and personal accounts of life, during the Civil War as well as when our soldiers returned to Neenah in 1865. When Neenah Came Marching Home received the Wisconsin Historical Society's 2016 Museum Exhibition Award for its high quality and depth of research.

Funding for the exhibition was provided by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Rhoades Foundation of Neenah.

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Traveling Back in Time

Neenah Historical Society Earns Top State Honor

Civil War history comes 'Marching Home' in Neenah


Take Cover Neenah!

Backyard Family Fallout Shelters in Cold War America

May 2013 - November 2015

The Zwick family knew about the 1960s fallout shelter that was buried in their backyard but believed it to be empty.  Instead, it was found to be fully stocked, the items preserved in ammunition boxes and ready for use.  Using these items, the Neenah Historical Society recreated the fallout shelter and explored how this unique period in American history affected Neenah and its residents.

Take Cover Neenah!  received the Wisconsin Historical Society's 2014 Museum Exhibit Award and the American Association of State and Local History's Award of Merit. The story was covered by national and international news outlets. Read more:

Family Discovers Fully Stocked Fallout Shelter In Their Backyard

Backyard Fallout Shelter Inspires Historical Exhibit in Neenah

Wisconsin Family's Fallout Shelter Becomes Historical Exhibit

Wisconsin Family’s 1960’s Nuclear Fallout Shelter Built During the Height of Cold War Terror

Neenah Fallout Shelter A Descent Into Another Era

Wisconsin family discovers fully-stocked fallout shelter in their back yard 50 years after it was installed at the height of the Cold War

The Pentagon and the Architecture of George Edwin Bergstrom

September 2011 - October 2011

Neenah native and architect, George Edwin Bergstrom was responsible for the design of many notable buildings in the United States including Neenah's luxury hotel, the Valley Inn, which was built in 1916. Unarguably the most important of his building designs is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, the Pentagon. This exhibition explored his life and work, winning a 2012 Wisconsin Historical Society Museum Exhibit Award.