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. All pledges are tax deductible - 501(c)(3).
Create Your Legacy,Consider Being A Founder
  Click here to print a pledge sheet.    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

  Normal  Museum Hours Will Be: Thursday and Friday: Noon to 5pm.  Saturday: 10am to 4pm.   Sunday: Noon to 4pm.    Closed Monday through Wednesday Or By Appointment.  Admission Fees: Payed Membership - FREE unlimited entry.    Gen Public - $5 (age 13 & Up),
Child with Parent - Free.     Guided Tour Groups: By Appointment 920-540-3699

 History Fair at the Downtown Farmer's Market, City Center - Get a Map Here
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, 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. And do you like to collect info about historic Appleton topics? Write it down and We would like to present it for you at one of our monthly meetings.

Regular Meetings


  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.

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.

   Here is a Printable List of this years Presentations, 

2018 Appleton History Speaker Series

January 10 Appleton in the Great Depression – Jim Krueger

February 14 Appleton Police Department - Arnie Nettekoven

March 14 St.Paul Lutheran Church 150th anniversary – Todd Dvorak

April 11 Jimos Hat Cleaners – Irene Jimos-Gamsky

May 9 Appleton in World War I – Joe Gaerthofner

June 13 Community Foundation of the Fox Valley – Curt Detjen

July 11 Spats Food & Spirits – Julie Neubert

August 8 Quaker Bakery – Rudy Cherkasky

September 12 Senator Joseph McCarthy – Jerry Podair

October 10 Appleton banks – Regan Pfeiffer

November 14 The Appleton Picture Show. Bring your own photos for show and tell!

Special Events
March 3, 9-12:30 History Fair at the Indoor Farmer’s Market, City Center Plaza

December 1 9-12:30 History Fair at the Indoor Farmer’s Market, City Center Plaza
To preserve and share the history of the City of Appleton
questions@appletonhistory.org www.appletonhistory.org

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.
  • Appleton Downtown Inc. and to the new Thompson Community on Lourdes.

The "Old Guard" of the Appleton electric street car system.

 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, and ask him about his other Appleton groups.
Still Available ! The Book: Images of America/Appleton,
can be purchased through us at our monthly meetings, our museum,
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.