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

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.

Wisconsin Public Television Needs Your Stories!

Please join Wisconsin Public Television, the Neenah Historical Society, and the Menasha Historical Society for a conversation about the proposed Neenah-Menasha documentary - the next installment of Wisconsin Public Television's Wisconsins Hometown Stories series. The goal for these listening sessions is to learn more about area history, meet the people who have preserved that history, discover visual materials, and identify crucial stories for a 60 minute documentary on the history of Neenah and Menasha. Most importantly, we wish to engage you in this ambitious project to preserve and share the stories of our hometowns.


The Neenah listening sessions will take place on Thursday, June 2 at the Neenah Public Library. Please RSVP by June 1 to indicate whether you will attend the morning session from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm or the evening session from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Please RSVP to Wisconsin Public Television's Dawn Nowakowski at dawn.nowakowski@wpt.org or (920)832-4950.


The Menasha listening sessions will take place on Monday, June 13 at the Menasha Public Library. Please RSVP by June 10 to indicate whether you will attend the morning session from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm or the evening session from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Please RSVP to Wisconsin Public Television's Dawn Nowakowski at dawn.nowakowski@wpt.org or (920)832-4950.

Past Times in the Park

Thursday, June 16, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Laudan Park, Neenah & Thursday, August 4, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Green Park, Neenah

Bring your family to Neenah's two oldest parks for free evenings of old fashioned, unplugged fun! The Neenah Historical Society and the Neenah Parks & Recreation Department will provide toys and games that children have enjoyed for centuries. Games and activities may include knock hockey, stilts, bean bag toss, stick pull, and potato sack races. Come see historic photographs and learn about Neenah's wonderful park history. Come to one or both nights!

Hollywood Returns to Neenah

Saturday, June 18, 7:00p.m.

Join us for our annual fundraiser for a evening celebrating Neenah's contibutions to cinema, both past and present! Enjoy live music, hors d'oeuvres, and non alcoholic beverages! Participate in a silent auction fit for the stars! Meet Hollywood writer, director, and producer Michael Sajbel as he shares with us the highlights of his latest project, the movie "Wraith."

Please contact the Neenah Historical Society at (920)729-0244 or neenahhistoricalsociety@gmail.com by June 8, 2016 for more information.


Community Fest 2016

Monday, July 4, Riverside Park

The Neenah Historical Society will be at Neenah's annual July 4th Community Fest at Riverside Park! Come say hello and stay to play historic games, check out our Hands-On History Trunks, pick up some summer reading at our "Book Shop," and learn about Neenah's past on our Historic Home Walking Tour. We hope to see you there!

Neenah Time Travelers' Camp

Travel back in time for some historic fun! We invite children in grades 2-6 to learn about what life was like more than 100 years ago at different Neenah landmarks on three Fridays in July. Sign up through for one day or better yet, sign up for all of them for the complete Time Traveler experience!

Serving Up History

On Friday, July 8 from 10am to 1pm, Time Travelers will tour Doty Cabin and learn how different food preparation was 150 years ago. They will also cook and sample some dishes that come from Neenah's historic community members.

History's Mysteries

On Friday, July 15 from 10am to 1pm, we will work with Neenah Police Detectives to learn about how historians and police detectives work in similar ways in order to solve mysteries and learn the truth. This camp is located at the Neenah Public Library. Campers will then tour Neenah's historic downtown to uncover clues to the past!

Neenah on the Move!

Horse, steamboats, and trains! OH MY! On Friday, July 22 from 10am to 1pm, campers will meet some horses, explore Neenah's rail history, and discover other surprising ways Neenah residents used to travel from place to place!


The cost for each day camp is $15 per camper or $40 for all three days. Campers must bring a sack lunch. Please sign up for the camp through the Neenah Parks & Recreation Department (920-886-6060).

Cemetery Walk 2016

Thursday, August 18, 6:30 pm to 8:00pm

Suggested Donation - $5 per individual or $10 per car

"Hometown Builders," Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah

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

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.