Nostalgic Neenah - Pieces of the Past
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Nostalgic Neenah - Pieces of the Past

We love to share old photos of Neenah and remember the past here at the Historical Society.  Do you have some old photos or items related to Neenah history that you love? Join us at the Neenah Library in the Shattuck Room to share your stories, or sit back, listen, and reminisce about the good old days.  Please limit your treasures to one or two items and stories to about five minutes so that we can share as many as possible.  We’ll also be sharing about some of the Society’s interesting acquisitions that we think you’ll find particularly fun! The program is free and open to the public. 

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Wisconsin Maps: Stories They Tell
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Wisconsin Maps: Stories They Tell

  • 240 E Wisconsin Ave Neenah, WI 54956 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Don’t be late to class! Join us for “Wisconsin Maps: Stories They Tell.” This fun and interactive program will be presented by Appleton Historical Society president, Tom Sutter, who will transform our gathering into a 4th grade classroom setting with famous Wisconsin historian of the past, Dr. Reuben Gold Thwaites, teaching the class. “Students” will take a fascinating journey through Wisconsin’s past and have the opportunity to examine many old maps of the state and local area. The program will be in the Shattuck Room at the Library and is free and open to the public.

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Celebrate the Season in Neenah
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate the Season in Neenah

  • Neenah Historical Society - Octagon House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate holiday traditions from around the world in the city of Neenah! Come to the Hiram Smith Octagon house to create a Danish woven heart ornament, enjoy tasty Scandinavian treats, and visit one of Neenah's unique historic homes! More seasonal activities and treats from around the world can be found throughout Neenah at the Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, the Neenah Public Library, Neenah City Hall, the Neenah-Menasha YMCA, and the Valley Academy for the Arts at the Reserve Ballroom. FREE horse wagon rides will be available boarding at Neenah City Hall every 20 minutes. For additional event details, please visit each venue’s website.

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American Indian Government Policies from a Personal Perspective
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

American Indian Government Policies from a Personal Perspective

Join us for a special presentation in honor of Native American History month. Cathy Caldwell, a Stockbridge-Munsee tribal member, will present the history of her family and the unique and challenging experiences they have faced as Native Americans living in Wisconsin from before the turn of the previous century. The program will be held in the Shattuck Room at the Neenah Library and is free and open to the public.

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Interviewing for Oral History with Troy Reeves
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Interviewing for Oral History with Troy Reeves

Join us for a special presentation on the important job of collecting the stories and recollections of those you love. Troy Reeves, head of the Oral History Program for the University of Wisconsin - Madison archives, will present a program on collecting oral histories and preserving treasured family narratives and stories. The program will be presented in the Shattuck Room at the Neenah Library and is free to the public.

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Interviewing for Oral History - WORKSHOP with Troy Reeves
Oct
18
10:00 AM10:00

Interviewing for Oral History - WORKSHOP with Troy Reeves

Join the Neenah Historical Society for a special workshop on the important job of collecting the stories and recollections of those you love. Troy Reeves, head of the Oral History Program for the University of Wisconsin - Madison archives, will present a detailed workshop on collecting oral histories. The $15 workshop will take place at the Neenah Public Library, and includes a box lunch. Contact the Neenah Historical Society at Neenahhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or 920-729-0244 for more details and to register.

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The Progressive Women of Neenah and Menasha
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Progressive Women of Neenah and Menasha

How did Neenah and Menasha women of the past contribute to the life, vitality, and leadership of our two cities? You might be surprised! Join the Neenah and Menasha Historical Societies for a combined program on the history of some of our most interesting and progressive women of the past. Neenah Historical Society Executive Director, Jane Lang, and Menasha Historical Society Vice President, Kathy Humski, will join forces to present this interesting program which will inform and inspire. The program will be presented in the Shattuck Room at the Neenah Library and is free to the public.

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Third Annual Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow
Sep
22
12:30 PM12:30

Third Annual Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow

Join the Neenah and Menasha Historical Societies for our third annual Pow Wow at Shattuck Park. The Pow Wow will feature informational booths, Native American food, and tribal dancers from throughout the State of Wisconsin. A brief presentation on pow wow etiquette will begin at 12:30, with the grand entry starting at 1:00 pm.

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Neenah Historical Society 2018 Annual Cemetery Walk
Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Neenah Historical Society 2018 Annual Cemetery Walk

Costumed re-enactors will share the stories of some of Neenah’s amazing former residents at the Neenah Historical Society's annual Cemetery Walk. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per car load. Questions? Call the Neenah Historical Society @ 729-0244. 

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July 4th CommunityFest
Jul
4
9:00 AM09:00

July 4th CommunityFest

Happy Independence Day!  We will be in Riverside Park taking part of Neenah and Menasha's annual CommunityFest celebration.  Come play historic games, take a walking tour of Neenah's historic homes, and celebrate our all American community!

CommunityFest is an Independence Day celebration co-sponsored by the Cities of Neenah and Menasha.

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Time Traveler's Camp: Industry & Art at the Hiram Smith Octagon House
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

Time Traveler's Camp: Industry & Art at the Hiram Smith Octagon House

Travel back in time for some historic fun! The Neenah Historical Society invites you to learn what life was like more than 100 years ago at three day camps (Fridays, June 15, 22, & 29) at different Neenah landmarks. Sign up for one day or, better yet, sign up for all three for the complete time traveler’s experience!

Neenah is a city of makers! Campers will tour the Octagon House to learn about Neenah’s inventive past and make art inspired by our internationally known industries during Industry & Art at the Hiram Smith Octagon House.

Time Traveler's Camps are for students in grades 2-6 and are $15 each or $40 for all three. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day.  Registration begins in April and can be taken care of through the City of Neenah Parks and Recreation Department office (920) 886-6060. Please check the City of Neenah website for exact registration dates and requirements.

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Time Traveler's Camp - History's Mysteries at the Neenah Public Library
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Time Traveler's Camp - History's Mysteries at the Neenah Public Library

Travel back in time for some historic fun! The Neenah Historical Society invites you to learn what life was like more than 100 years ago at three day camps (Fridays, June 15, 22, & 29) at different Neenah landmarks. Sign up for one day or, better yet, sign up for all three for the complete time traveler’s experience!

Work with Neenah Police Detectives during the second day camp to learn about how historians and police detectives work in similar ways in order to solve mysteries and learn the truth. Campers will then tour Neenah’s historic downtown to uncover clues to the past.

Time Traveler's Camps are for students in grades 2-6 and are $15 each or $40 for all three. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day.  Registration begins in April and can be taken care of through the City of Neenah Parks and Recreation Department office (920) 886-6060. Please check the City of Neenah website for exact registration dates and requirements.

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Discover Neenah: Downtown Family Day
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Discover Neenah: Downtown Family Day

  • The 200 block of West Wisconsin Avenue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Kick off the summer by exploring your hometown during this FREE event! The Neenah Historical Society and the Neenah Parks and Recreation Department invite you to the 200 block of Wisconsin Avenue for historically fun activities! Families can take a horse carriage ride, play historic games, make an industry inspired craft, and take part in a scavenger hunt walking tour through Neenah’s downtown.

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Time Traveler's Camp - Serving Up History at Doty Cabin & Whiting Boathouse
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Time Traveler's Camp - Serving Up History at Doty Cabin & Whiting Boathouse

Travel back in time for some historic fun! The Neenah Historical Society invites you to learn what life was like more than 100 years ago at three day camps (Fridays, June 15, 22, & 29) at different Neenah landmarks. Sign up for one day or, better yet, sign up for all three for the complete time traveler’s experience!

At Serving Up History, time-traveling campers will tour Doty Cabin and learn how different food preparation was for Neenah’s early residents. Campers will then walk to Whiting Boathouse to cook and sample some dishes that come from Neenah’s past.

Time Traveler's Camps are for students in grades 2-6 and are $15 each or $40 for all three. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day.  Registration begins in April and can be taken care of through the City of Neenah Parks and Recreation Department office (920) 886-6060. Please check the City of Neenah website for exact registration dates and requirements.

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2018 Annual Meeting - "The Arts, Culture, & Creativity: A Smart Investment for Neenah & Wisconsin," with Anne Katz
May
10
5:30 PM17:30

2018 Annual Meeting - "The Arts, Culture, & Creativity: A Smart Investment for Neenah & Wisconsin," with Anne Katz

Be sure to join us at the 2018 Neenah Historical Society Annual Meeting as we wrap up the year with dinner, and an overview of what's been happening! Our special guest for the evening is Anne Katz, the Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin. Arts and humanities organizations, like the Neenah Historical Society, are vitally important to the life of a community. Ms. Katz's presentation, The Arts, Culture, & Creativity: A Smart Investment for Neenah & Wisconsin, will help us understand the bigger picture when it comes to promoting and growing arts and humanities organizations such as ours.

The event will take place at the Best Western Bridgewood at 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah, with cocktails starting at 5:30 pm. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm., followed by the business meeting and presentation starting at 7:15 pm. The cost for the evening is $30 per person. Please find meal choices on the invitation, viewable here.

Please print and complete the invitation, and mail it along with full payment to Neenah Historical Society, PO Box 343, Neenah WI 54957 by Monday, May 7, 2018.

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Planning a City - The Story of Neenah's Planning History
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Planning a City - The Story of Neenah's Planning History

Join the Neenah Historical Society and the Neenah Library for a collaborative program on the history of city planning in our community. From its earliest days, Neenah looked to the future and planned accordingly. Discover that interesting history when Brad Schmidt, Deputy Director of Community Development for Neenah, presents this intriguing program as part of our “Making a Hometown” series of presentations.

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Traveling Trends - Then & Now
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Traveling Trends - Then & Now

It’s winter and time to plan a vacation get–away! Join us at the Neenah Library for a presentation on the fascinating history of early travel experiences of turn of the century Neenah residents as well as a look at current travel trends. Cindy Hendren of Neenah’s Bon Voyage Travel will present this look at travel journals, photos, and memorabilia of travel in the 1900s and will bring us up to date on the most popular travel destinations of today.

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The History of the Fire Department
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

The History of the Fire Department

Join the us at the Neenah Library as the Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue present a program on the history of fire fighting in our community. Interesting photos, artifacts, and stories will be part of this presentation. “The History of the Neenah Fire Department” is one of our “Making a Hometown” programs in our series on the history and stories of our great community. Our presentations are a collaborative effort with the Neenah Public Library.

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Celebrate the Season in Neenah!
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate the Season in Neenah!

Seasonal fun is around every corner in Neenah during this family holiday event! Come to the Hiram Smith Octagon house to enjoy warm drinks, historic crafts, and to visit one of Neenah's unique historic homes! More seasonal activities and treats can be found throughout Neenah at the Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, the Neenah Public Library, Neenah City Hall, the Neenah-Menasha YMCA, and the Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel. FREE horse wagon rides will be available between City Hall and the Octagon House. For additional event details visit each venue’s website.

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Shopping in the Neighborhood: Neenah’s History of Mom and Pop Grocery Stores
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Shopping in the Neighborhood: Neenah’s History of Mom and Pop Grocery Stores

Join the Neenah Historical Society as we present a program in our “Making a Hometown” series on the interesting history of “mom and pop” grocery stores throughout Neenah. Many of us still have memories of small local grocers where we would buy penny candy on our way home from school, and a time when purchasing groceries on credit was still possible. Presented by Neenah Historical Society volunteers Becky Heidke-Kwiatkowski and JoEllen Wollangk, you’ll be amazed to find out just how many of these small grocers were scattered throughout neighborhoods in Neenah.

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The History of the Tuesday Club
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

The History of the Tuesday Club

The History of the Tuesday Club is a special presentation by members of Neenah's Tuesday Club.  Did you know that Neenah’s Tuesday Club women were discussing women’s suffrage and other important topics at their weekly meetings as early as the 1880s? In fact, this club of forward thinking Neenah women started in 1884. As part of the programming for our current exhibition Making a Hometown: Life in Neenah's Progressive Era, the current women of the Tuesday Club will intertwine their club’s history with local and national history in this very engaging presentation.

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Second Annual Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Second Annual Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

Even before the twin cities of Neenah and Menasha carried the names we know today, this area of Wisconsin was home to numerous Native American tribes. Come celebrate the rich history and culture of the Fox River Valley's first citizens at the Second Annual Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow. The event will be held in memory and honor of Alan J. Caldwell, and in addition to traditional music and dancing, it will include educational displays and food vendors. This event immediately follows Neenah Vintage Adventure which takes place in Neenah's Downtown Historical District from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Attend both events to spend the day exploring Neenah's diverse and exciting history!

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5th Annual Neenah Vintage Adventure
Sep
23
11:00 AM11:00

5th Annual Neenah Vintage Adventure

  • Neenah's Downtown Historic District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Neenah Historical Society for our 5th Annual Vintage Adventure event in downtown Neenah. Visit local merchants in our historic downtown district and discover the interesting stories of Neenah’s past. There’s much to be proud of in our community, and we want to share that Neenah pride and history with you! Following the downtown event, join us at Shattuck Park for our Second Annual Neenah Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Attend both events to spend the day exploring Neenah's diverse and exciting history!

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The Meaning of a Pow Wow
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Meaning of a Pow Wow

Join the Neenah Historical Society in the Shattuck Room of the Neenah Public Library for this educational program by Mark Denning, Director of Southeast Tribal Services for the Oneida Nation. Denning will provide an overview of the meaning of a pow wow, of pow wow regalia, and etiquette for those attending a pow wow in advance of our 2nd Annual Neenah/Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow which will take place in Shattuck Park on Saturday, September 23.

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2017 Cemetery Walk
Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

2017 Cemetery Walk

Costumed re-enactors will share the stories of some of Neenah’s amazing former residents at the Neenah Historical Society's annual Cemetery Walk. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per car load. Questions? Call the Neenah Historical Society @ 729-0244. 

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Fall Back in Time! 2017 Fundraising Gala
Jul
28
6:30 PM18:30

Fall Back in Time! 2017 Fundraising Gala

  • Equitable Reserve Association Ballroom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ATTENTION Gangsters, flappers, and anyone looking to have a historically wild night! The Neenah Historical Society invites you to our 2017 fundraising gala, Fall Back in Time!

Dance to live jazz music in Neenah's historic Equitable Reserve Association building ballroom while you wet your whistle at the cash bar. The 1920s themed evening also includes hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, photo booth, and more! Dress in your flashiest Prohibition Era clothing, and join us for an unforgettable night!

Proceeds benefit the Neenah Historical Society.

You may purchase tickets by contacting us at neenahhistoricalsociety@gmail.com, (920)729-0244, or through our shop for $35.00 per guest. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the event for $40.00.

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July 4th CommunityFest
Jul
4
9:00 AM09:00

July 4th CommunityFest

Happy Independence Day!  We will be in Riverside Park taking part of Neenah and Menasha's annual CommunityFest celebration.  Come play historic games, take a walking tour of Neenah's historic homes, and celebrate our all American community!

CommunityFest is an Independence Day celebration co-sponsored by the Cities of Neenah and Menasha.

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Time Traveler's Camp - Industry & Art at the Hiram Smith Octagon House
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Time Traveler's Camp - Industry & Art at the Hiram Smith Octagon House

Travel back in time for some historic fun! The Neenah Historical Society invites you to learn what life was like more than 100 years ago at three day camps (Fridays, June 9, 16, & 23) at different Neenah landmarks. Sign up for one day or, better yet, sign up for all three for the complete time traveler’s experience!

Iron, paper, and wood – Oh my! At the third day camp, campers will learn about our city’s industrial history, and get their hands dirty making artworks inspired by the Neenah businesses that made their mark on the world!

Time Traveler's Camps are for students in grades 2-6 and are $15 each or $40 for all three. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day.  Register through the City of Neenah Parks and Recreation Department (920) 886-6060.  Registration begins for Neenah residents starting on April 5, 2017 and on April 19, 2017 for non-residents.

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Time Traveler's Camp - History's Mysteries at the Neenah Public Library
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Time Traveler's Camp - History's Mysteries at the Neenah Public Library

Travel back in time for some historic fun! The Neenah Historical Society invites you to learn what life was like more than 100 years ago at three day camps (Fridays, June 9, 16, & 23) at different Neenah landmarks. Sign up for one day or, better yet, sign up for all three for the complete time traveler’s experience!

Work with Neenah Police Detectives during the second day camp to learn about how historians and police detectives work in similar ways in order to solve mysteries and learn the truth. Campers will then tour Neenah’s historic downtown to uncover clues to the past.

Time Traveler's Camps are for students in grades 2-6 and are $15 each or $40 for all three. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day.  Register through the City of Neenah Parks and Recreation Department (920) 886-6060.  Registration begins for Neenah residents starting on April 5, 2017 and on April 19,2017 for non-residents.

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Past Times in the Park
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Past Times in the Park

Bring your family to Neenah’s Green Park, the city's oldest recreational space, for a free evening of old fashioned, unplugged fun!  The Neenah Historical Society and the Neenah Parks & Recreation Department will provide toys and games that children have enjoyed for centuries and refreshments will be available.  This evening is free and no registration is necessary!

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Time Traveler's Camp - A Pioneer's Life at Doty Cabin
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Time Traveler's Camp - A Pioneer's Life at Doty Cabin

Travel back in time for some historic fun! The Neenah Historical Society invites you to learn what life was like more than 100 years ago at three day camps (Fridays, June 9, 16, & 23) at different Neenah landmarks. Sign up for one day or, better yet, sign up for all three for the complete time traveler’s experience!

At A Pioneer's Life, time-traveling campers will learn about how the area's earliest residents worked and played through several hands-on activities at Neenah's historic Doty Cabin in Doty Park.

Time Traveler's Camps are for students in grades 2-6 and are $15 each or $40 for all three. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day.  Register through the City of Neenah Parks and Recreation Department (920) 886-6060.  Registration begins for Neenah residents starting on April 5, 2017 and on April 19,2017 for non-residents.

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