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 2015

Thursday, August 20, 6:30p.m.-8p.m. Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah

"Stories of Courage & Sacrifice" related to to Neenah's involvement in the Civil War. Suggested donation for the walk is $5 per person or $10 per carload.

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!

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.