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

Neenah's Vintage Adventure

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 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. We will be adding a Civil War encampment in the grassy area in front of Plexus. 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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Take Cover, Neenah – the Neenah fallout shelter is here!

The Neenah Historical Society in collaboration with University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh faculty and staff has created a compelling fallout shelter exhibit. The exhibit contains a wide range of artifacts excavated from a fallout shelter constructed at a private citizen’s Neenah residence in 1960. Our Spring 2013 exhibit includes a 1:1 scale recreation of the Neenah family’s fallout shelter based on detailed blueprints and artifacts from the shelter donated to the Neenah Historical Society. “Take Cover, Neenah: Backyard Family Fallout Shelters in Cold War America" is currently open by appointment at the Octagon House, located at 343 Smith Street in Neenah, Wisconsin. Please call 920-729-0244 for more information.

UPDATE: We’re not the only ones excited about “Take Cover, Neenah!” – click on the links below for local, national and international media buzz about our Spring 2013 exhibit!

• Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent

• The Daily Mail (London, UK)

• The Huffington Post

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.