Executive Director:

Jane Lang


920 729-0244


Neenah Historical Society

Regular Mail:

P.O. Box 343 Neenah, WI 54956

Street Address:

343 Smith Street

Neenah, WI 54956

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Programs and Events

Cemetery Walk 2016

Join us next summer for more exciting stories from Neenah's past!

New Exhibit!“When Neenah Came Marching Home – Remembering the Sacrifice of Neenah’s Civil War Soldiers”

We’re honoring the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War in 2015 with our upcoming exhibit, “When Neenah Came Marching Home” which opens on Sunday, May 3rd at 1 pm. The exhibit will be open to the public every Sunday afternoon in May and June from 1 – 5 pm or by appointment by calling 920-729-0244. A special members’ only preview night will be held on May 1st at 7 pm. Funding for the exhibit was provided by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Rhoades Foundation of Neenah.


The Greatest Rail Disaster in Neenah & Menasha's History

Wednesday, September 9, 7p.m.-8:30 p.m. Neenah Library, Historical Program Series

Join us as Dick Loehning presents the story of this terrible and little known tragedy in Neenah's History.

Neenah's Vintage Adventure

Saturday, September 19, 2015 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

We will have the same great activities that made last year's event so much fun: narrated trolley tours, history scavenger hunt, costumed re-enactors, mini exhibits, and classic cars. Join us for this year's "Vintage Adventure" as we celebrate the history that makes Neenah such a great place to live!

Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Thursday, October 15, 7p.m.-8p.m. Neenah Library, Historical Program Series

Have you ever wanted to write a book? Local author, Amanda Lauer, will provide insights on what it takes to write a successful historical fiction novel. Lauer’s recent book, A World Such as Heaven Intended, is set during the Civil War, and it can be purchased on Amazon or at the presentation.

The History of the Krueger Family

Thursday, November 19, 7p.m.-8:30p.m., Neenah Library, Historical Program Series

Join us as we learn from the current owners of Krueger's Hardware, Jim and Brian Webb, about the long history of their family's business in Neenah.

Menasha Historical Society Annual Christmas Dinner & Program

Thursday, December 10, 5p.m., Waverly Beach, Menasha

The Menasha Historical Society's annual Christmas Dinner and Program will begin with social hour starting at 5p.m. and dinner at 6p.m. The program will start at 7p.m. Cost for this event is $22. Please contact the Menasha Historical Society for more details. (920)840-4373

If These Walls Could Talk project

History is all around us and it is conveyed by people, buildings, and artifacts. This collaborative project is designed to preserve Neenah history so that valuable memories will remain available for generations to come. You will find historical and current information on city, commercial, and residential properties in Neenah, Wisconsin.

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The Ward House and The Smith Octagon House are open by appointment. Please call 920-729-0244 to make an appointment.

Neenah Notables

Many remarkable and noteworthy persons have called Neenah Home over the years. Here are the stories of just a few:

ETHWELL "EDDY" HANSON: Musician and radio personality. Composer of Wisconsin's official State Waltz.

GEORGE EDWIN BERGSTROM: Chief architect and designer of the Pentagon.

HOWARD HAWKS: Noted movie director.

JIM HALL: Boxing champ fled to Neenah to prevent doctor from collecting his bones.

C.B. MANVILLE: Neenah photographer changed careers and became a multimillionaire.

MARCUS LEE HANSEN: Pulitzer Prize winning historian.

HARRISON REED: Neenah founder becomes governor of Florida.

MATHILDA KRUEGER: "Neenah's Florence Nightengale."

ARTHUR SHATTUCK: World-renowned concert pianist.