Join the Appleton Historical Society. Individual $15, Family $25, Business $50 per calendar year.
Membership requires no special commitments --- be involved as much or as
little as you like. Get a Membership Application here. Thank You for Your Support!
UPDATE !!! Starting April 13th, AHS meetings will be held at St. Bernadette's School, (unless otherwise noted) located at 2331 Lourdes Drive, Appleton, Wi. For a map, click here
St Bernadette's School is behind the church, and the meeting room is on the lower level.
Use the stairs or there is an elevator. We will have people to guide the way into the school.
The Appleton Historical Society meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7pm (no
meeting in December) to discuss, share and promote Appleton's history. AHS
meetings are free and open to the public, anyone can attend! Each meeting
includes announcements of historical interest and a featured speaker.
Here is a Printable List of this years Presentations,
feel free to print and post flyers(with permission) in your area.
Have ideas for a speaker at AHS monthly meetings? Please e-mail us.
Become a member of AHS for any historical interest you may have.
Appleton War Memorials by Alex Schultz. THANK YOU Alex
History of WHBY with Steve Bell
The Rio Theater and Wurlitzer Organ by Tom McNeely
Historic Appleton Picture Show. Bring some if you'd like to share.
Haunted Appleton with Chad Lewis
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
A BIG thank you to all who have assisted the Appleton Historical Society, especially:
- Appleton Downtown Inc and Pfefferle Co. for hosting our History Fairs.
- To the past presenters and their hard work done for the great presentations.
- And to the Thompson Community Center for hosting us the past 2 years.
had the world's first commercially successful streetcar
powered by locally generated hydroelectricity beginning on August 16,
1886. The last run of the trolley was April 6, 1930 @ 11:40
pm, when the system was replaced by city buses the following Monday.
The original YouTube
video has a few errors that have been explained Here
. Thanks to John Retzlaff for the
to see the cleaned up version of the streetcar video on YouTube.
The full version with footage
of the restoration of a streetcar by a local group from Appleton can be purchased on DVD from the
Appleton Historical Society for $20.