Neenah Historical Society 2019 Annual Cemetery Walk
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Neenah Historical Society 2019 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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Hidden History of Doty Island - Part 1
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Hidden History of Doty Island - Part 1

Doty Island is a truly unique place that holds parts of two distinct cities in one very special island. Join the Neenah Historical Society and the Menasha Historical Society at the Neenah Library to discover the “Hidden History of Doty Island.” This collaborative, two-part program will feature the stories, photographs, and artifacts of the Whiting Boathouse, the Roberts Resort, the Isle of Valor, and the Memorial Building in part one. You’ll be amazed at the hidden history of Doty Island!

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4th Annual Pow Wow
Sep
21
12:30 PM12:30

4th Annual Pow Wow

Please help us celebrate the Native American history and culture of this area, and join the Neenah and Menasha Historical Societies for our 4th Annual Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow. The pow wow will feature dancers and drum groups from throughout Wisconsin, and the traveling exhibit, “Bittersweet Winds” will also be on display. Native American food and crafts will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. The Neenah Landmarks Commission will also host free Voyageur Canoe rides from Shattuck Park.

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Hidden History of Doty Island - Part 2
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Hidden History of Doty Island - Part 2

Doty Island is a truly unique place that holds parts of two distinct cities in one very special island. Join the Neenah Historical Society and the Menasha Historical Society at the Menasha Library to discover the “Hidden History of Doty Island.” Join us for the conclusion of this two-part program that will feature the stories, photographs, and artifacts of Winnebago Day School, the Winnebago Players, the Doty Island Tennis Club, and the Driving Park. You’ll be amazed at the hidden history of Doty Island!

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Movie Night!
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Movie Night!

Seeing film from early Neenah really brings history to life! Join the Neenah Historical Society in the Shattuck Room at the Neenah Library for a special night of viewing some of the amazing film footage from Neenah dating from the 1920s to the 1960s that has recently been digitized for us by our friends at the Menasha Historical Society. From Amelia Earhart arriving at the train station on the Island in 1935 to a Neenah Menasha football game from the 1930s, to Doty Park in the 40s and 50s, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to view these one of a kind videos! Free popcorn will be served, of course!

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Historic Wagon Ride
Jul
15
5:30 PM17:30

Historic Wagon Ride

Enjoy a narrated historical horse drawn wagon tour beginning at Neenah's City Hall at 211 Walnut St. and discover the historic homes on Wisconsin Avenue and around Kimberly Point. $15 per person. Call Neal Bredesen (First Hitch Draft Company) to reserve your spot. 920-378-0711.

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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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Discover Neenah - Doty Island Family Day
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Discover Neenah - Doty Island Family Day

Come to Doty Park in Neenah to discover the history behind the Island and have fun participating in free, family friendly activities. Narrated horse drawn wagon rides will transport you back in time as you learn the stories behind some of the beautiful homes on Forest Avenue and throughout Doty Island. Tour the Doty Cabin, make a patriotic craft for Independence Day, play some historic games, and enjoy refreshments. All activities are free and are sponsored by the Neenah Historical Society, Neenah Parks and Recreation Department, Doty Cabin, and Doty Island Development Council.

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Time Traveler's Camp: I Spy Neenah's History at the Hiram Smith Octagon House
Jun
28
10:00 AM10:00

Time Traveler's Camp: I Spy Neenah's History 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 14, 21, & 28) at different Neenah landmarks. Sign up for one day or, better yet, sign up for all three for the complete time traveler’s experience!

Campers will discover Neenah’s history through fun activities at the Hiram Smith Octagon House. Additionally, an “I Spy” History horse-drawn wagon tour will transport campers back in time as they travel throughout Neenah and enjoy an old time picnic at Kimberly Point 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.  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
21
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 14, 21, & 28) 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.  Walking shoes are required for this camp day as the campers will walk from the library to the downtown area and back.

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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Historic Wagon Ride
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

Historic Wagon Ride

Join First Hitch Draft Company and the Neenah Historical Society for a historic wagon ride in Neenah. We will meet at the parking lot by the Neenah City Hall off Walnut and Doty Streets. The tour will go around Kimberly Point, through Riverside Park, and Wisconsin Avenue. It’s a perfect start for a great date night in Neenah!

The tour is $15 per person and arrangements can be made by calling Neal Bredesen at 920-378-0711 or by contacting us 920-729-0244.

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Time Traveler's Camp: Pioneer Days at Doty Cabin
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Time Traveler's Camp: Pioneer Days 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 14, 21, & 28) 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 Pioneer Days at Doty Cabin, time-traveling campers will tour Doty Cabin and learn how pioneers lived in Neenah in the 1800s. Activities include candle dipping, making butter, and creating pottery. Historic games will round out the pioneer campers’ day.

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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Historic Wagon Ride
Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Historic Wagon Ride

Join First Hitch Draft Company and the Neenah Historical Society for a historic wagon ride in Neenah. We will meet at the parking lot by the Neenah City Hall off Walnut and Doty Streets. The tour will go around Kimberly Point, through Riverside Park, and Wisconsin Avenue. It’s a perfect start for a great date night in Neenah!

The tour is $15 per person and arrangements can be made by calling Neal Bredesen at 920-378-0711 or by contacting us 920-729-0244.

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Voting for a Change - Opening Day!
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Voting for a Change - Opening Day!

It’s finally time! Join us on May 19 as we formally open our new exhibit to the public. Special guest Rebecca Kleefisch, former Lt. Governor of Wisconsin and current Executive Director of the National Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, is expected to visit at noon and give some remarks regarding the anniversary of women’s right to vote. The League of Women Voters will also be here hosting an ice cream social.

Can’t make it to opening day? You can visit the exhibit on weekdays during our normal business hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons starting May 19 through June 30. If you would like to tour at a different time, please contact us to set up an appointment by calling 920-729-0244 or e-mailing neenahhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

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2019 Annual Meeting
May
16
5:30 PM17:30

2019 Annual Meeting

Be sure to join us at the 2019 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 Rose Stephenson from the Wisconsin Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau. She will be portraying famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony.

The event will take place at the Best Western Bridgewood Resort 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 below.

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 13, 2019.

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Voting for a Change - The Impact of the 19th Amendment on our Community
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Voting for a Change - The Impact of the 19th Amendment on our Community

Join the Neenah Historical Society at the Neenah Library for an overview of the our next exhibit which will be opening to the public on May 19th at the Octagon House. Professor Steven Sheehan will present an overview of the exhibit and some of the interesting stories that have been discovered relative to the local women’s suffrage movement. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in Wisconsin, which was the first state to vote in favor of ratification. Our local women had a very significant impact on its passage! The program will be held in the Shattuck Room at the Neenah Public Library and is free and open to the public. Call 729-0244 with any questions.

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Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema

Join the Neenah Historical Society for a collaborative program with the Neenah Library for a short film screening and discussion of “Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema” which was produced by Women Make Movies. The film highlights the popular culture of the early 1900s in regards to the women’s suffrage movement. In the coming year, we will be focusing on the one hundredth anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States and the local women who were leaders in this movement.  The program will be held in the Shattuck Room at the Neenah Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Call 729-0244 with any questions.


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Fundraiser for Neenah Historical Society
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Fundraiser for Neenah Historical Society

  • Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a night of dinner and great musical entertainment. Hors d’oeuvres start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. A live and silent auction will be held prior to The Britins performance at 8 p.m. Auction proceeds will benefit the Neenah Historical Society.

Cost: $34.99 (plus tax and gratuity) or VIP $39.99

Tickets can be purchased by calling Megan at 920-967-4350 ext 5031 or online through www.bridgewoodentertainment.com

Bridgewood is also offering a guest room special - $167.99 Double Occupancy (plus tax). Includes two dinner and two show tickets. Offer valid on Saturday March 9, 2019 (not valid with other offers).

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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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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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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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