Mission: To Preserve and Share the History of The City of Appleton, WI
Goals:  1. Encourage the preservation and display of Appleton historical items.
2. Regularly present public programs, history fairs, history walks and other public events.
3. Encourage the development of and assist in the operation of a museum specific to Appleton history.
           Next Meeting/Presentations:
    2014 Meetings are now at the Thompson Community Center, 820 w. College Ave. 2nd Wed. of the month, 7pm
    For a map, click here to show where the Thompson Center is.
    Wed. Nov. 12th.  Annual Meeting & Picture Show and Tell
    Let us know if you have an idea or can write a topic for next years presentations, we will help you research or present it for you.

     Our links page is updated. If we are missing a source, please let us know.
        07/01/2014       And our Meeting Minutes page is now listed by monthly topic.

    If you want to get our monthly E- newsletter:  (Click Here)               Back Issues of our Monthly Newsletter:  (Click Here)

    Or to receive our monthly newsletter by mail, please call or email us..

    For your privacy, we don't share or sell e-mail lists. You can have yours removed at any time.

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

    Ongoing Activities:

    Meetings, presentations, and events are Free and open to everyone!  Come join us for whatever type of historical  interest you may have.

    If you have ideas for activities, events, or speakers for our presentations, please e-mail us OR post it on our Facebook group page.

    If you would like to join our Facebook group page our tech guy can walk you through it and there is no fee. 

    Our Facebook page is a great place to start discussions, or post questions, about Appleton.


    If you have Appleton related collectibles and you want to display them at our next History Fair,  Please contact us!
    We have table space starting at 4x4 and on up to 16x4. Next Fair is Dec. 6th, 2014

    We are still looking for someone to take notes during our monthly meetings .

    Upcoming Presentations and Events:  Pic of the Month (click for larger)

    We are now meeting at the Thompson Community Center for 2014

    2014 New meeting times: The 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.  Let us know if you have ideas or would like help research ideas for future presentations.

    October 8th  Appleton's Historic Ravines  by Sandy Benton and the Fox River Academy students

    November 12th   Annual Meeting and Society Report followed by Appleton Picture Show and Tell.

    December 6th   History Fair @ the Indoor Farm Market, Appleton City Center, 9am-12:30

    December   No Meeting/Presentation, Happy Holidays

    January  New event flyer will be out soon.

      Let us know if you have an idea or can write a topic for next years presentations, we will help you research or present it for you.

    For a Printable List of upcoming Events.click 
    The new flyer will be out soon.
     Please feel free to print and display flyers, with permission, at local businesses,
              to get the word out about our free monthly presentations and other events.

    Early Motor Bike Enthusiasts

    ( Appleton Historical Society collection)


    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.
    Download Membership Application Here


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

      Tom Boldt
      Tom Boldt, Houdini aficianado, 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
      Cindy Czarnik-Neimeyer
      Harlan Kiesow & Anne Biebel share the history of Appleton's locks

      Be Involved  

      Attention members and non-members! A little bit of your time and talent can make the Society even better!
      Because of growing interest in the Appleton Historical Society, We need help with:
      Dropping off brochures or flyers as needed (1 hour /month or as needed). People to write down, record, or video area
      residents that would like to have their stories of Appleton preserved for all of us to enjoy(call or email us).

      We are currently in need of someone to video or process the video from our monthly presentations !
       Typical recording time is about 1 hour/hour and a half. Thanks Kay for helping record.

       The Appleton Public Library is always in need for volunteers to help preserve documents to add to their Appleton collection.   People to Do or Write a short presentation on any current/former business, organization, or person that has a long history with Appleton


      If you have information about the following, Please email us!

      Your stories or info about gone mom and pop type businesses and railroads of Appleton (any info).
      Looking for any of your old pictures that may have something interesting about Appleton.
      Looking for pics of businesses on Wisconsin Ave.
      Also pics of west College Ave. businesses in the area between State and Linwood Streets.

      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!

      If you have interesting old Appleton pictures you can't part with, let us scan them.
      They will be added to our collections in your name (a free service).
      Contact us if you would like to have a scanning party.

      If YOU have ideas for other events or programs you would like to see for future events, please contact us.

      Appleton Artifacts Collection on display on the 2nd floor of the Appleton Public Library in the Wisconsin area.
      This is just a part of a collection that belongs to one of our members, very extensive, please stop up there for a look!
      The Historic Zuelke Building has a display there in the main lobby.
      Stop in to check out old Appleton items from downtown, as displays will change periodically.

      Other Activities and Goals:

      A.H.S. volunteer to speak on a local radio station monthly/bi-monthly about Appleton history.
      Help others that are interested in preserving their photos, artifacts, or memories of Appleton.
      To make our website a complete source for preserving and information about the Appleton area.

      Videos On YouTube:


      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".

       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 YouTube video is an edited version. The full version with footage of the restoration of a streetcar can be purchased on DVD from the
      Appleton Historical Society for $20. Thanks to John Retzlaff for the corrections about the video and the pic to the right.

      Click Here to see the video on YouTube.

      View other Appleton related videos and presentations from our monthly meetings at
      Videos are viewable for free through the link on our website, but can also be purchased.  
      We encourage retirement communities or other organizations to show past presentations.

      There are 5 meetings on You Tube,
      with more to be added.  Thanks to Matthew Payne for all of his hard work.

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      The Appleton Historical Society website is hosted by Fox Cities Online.

      This site is for historical reference and is only as accurate as its sources. Any documents or photographs posted here are the property of their rightful creators unless otherwise noted. Some of the artwork, photographs or documents posted here may have copyrights and only be copied for personal use.