Hearthstone Historic House Museum
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
On the days the Appleton Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Hearthstone will also be closed.
Thursday — Friday: First tour begins at 10:00 am
Saturday: First tour begins at 11:00 am
Sunday: First tour begins at 1:00 pm
Tours are conducted every half hour with the last tour of the day beginning at 3:30.
Hearthstone is closed Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Children (ages 5-17): $5.00
Children under 5: Free
Vintage Victorian Dolls
A new exhibit of vintage Victorian era dolls opened at Hearthstone on Thursday March 3, 2016.
Over 75 dolls are on display around the house. One highlight of the doll display is an exhibit about the Edison talking doll, introduced in 1890, which employed the first automatic record-playing mechanism.
The incredibly rare dolls are not included in the display, but visitors will be able to learn about the dolls and see a variety of photos. Featured is a doll (pictured) made between 1915 and 1925 by the Averill Manufacturing Company.
You are able to hear the voice of the doll, recorded in 1890. In 2015 employees at Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA, with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, created a digital audio files from the Edison cylinders. Here you can listen to the restored audio file. A young girl from 1890 recites “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and becomes one of the world’s first professional recording artists!
The exhibit runs through Sept. 25 and can be viewed as part of a Hearthstone tour.