A Bold Appeal. The Appleton Historical Society has purchased a property that fits our need for an Office, Storage, and Open Display space for Appleton Artifacts. We are looking to raise money for the property and extra for upkeep and bills for at least the next 10 years. Our goal is to raise $250,000. All pledges are tax deductible.     Click here to print a pledge sheet.    For more info about the property.


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!

UPCOMING Activities

History Fair at the Downtown Farmer's Market, City Center - Get a Map Here
Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Riverside Cemetery Walk, August 13th, 2017, 2pm

History Fair at the Downtown Farmer's Market, City Center - Get a Map Here
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m.

If you have collectable items about Appleton, let us know if you would like to display them at the next History Fair. 

Regular Meetings

 UPDATE 2017  AHS meetings are held at St. Bernadette's School, between E College Ave.
and E John St., located at 2331 Lourdes Drive, Appleton, Wi. Free ground level parking
 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.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 7:00p.m. - St. Bernadette's School - Get a Map Here.

 Vulcan Replica-Early Hydroelectricity with Tom Seidl

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, 7:00p.m. - St. Bernadette's School - Get a Map Here.

 Appleton Parades by Greg Otis

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 7:00p.m. - St. Bernadette's School - Get a Map Here.

 St. Joseph's Church and School-150 years with Jim Krueger

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 7:00p.m. - St. Bernadette's School - Get a Map Here.

 Early Local Native Americans by Peter Peregrine

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, 7:00p.m. - St. Bernadette's School - Get a Map Here.

Appleton East High School-50 years by Cory Otis

Wednesday June 14th, 2017, 7:00pm. - St. Bernadette's School - Get a Map Here.

 Lawrence University - with Erin Dix

Program summaries and meeting minutes are recorded in case you missed a meeting.


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.

 Appleton 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 corrections.
 *Click Here 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.

Also the Timber Rattlers have
found some historical AFoxes movies of their
own that are posted on their YouTube site(link)
under the "uploaded videos" section.
They are various ones listed as "Blast from the Past".

Check out the Appleton Facebook pages
created by Kim Hanagan

Remembering Appleton:
Pictures from 1950's - 1990's Photo Page

Post your photos or questions about Appleton for others
to talk about, this site is great!
Still Available ! The Book: Images of America/Appleton,
can be purchased through us at our monthly meetings and
at a few local retailers. Outside of Wisconsin, books can
be purchased online through Barnes and Noble,
or The Frame Workshop in Appleton. $21.99

Find the Appleton Historical Society Group page on Facebook and on YouTube!

Tom Boldt
Tom Boldt, Houdini aficionado, shares stories of Harry Houdini
Chloe Siamof
Chloe Siamof shares the history of Appleton High School & West
Emily Gilbert
Emily Gilbert shares the history of the Appleton Public Library
Cindy Czarnik-Neimeyer
Cindy Czarnik-Neimeyer shares the history of Bellaire Court
Harlan Kiesow - Anne Biebel
Harlan Kiesow & Anne Biebel share the history of Appleton's locks
 More Videos are in the process, and we hope to have more up soon.