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.


Neenah High School Hall of Fame Inaugural Class with Jim Strick, Neenah Joint School District

Thursday, January 21, 7p.m.-8:30 p.m. Neenah Library, Historical Program Series

At this program we will learn about the members of the Neenah High School Hall of Fame's inaugural class with Jim Strick, the Neenah Joint School District's Communications Manager.

Beyond Scrapbooks & Shoeboxes: Preserving the Papers of Your Family History

Thursday, February 18, 7p.m.-8:30 p.m. Neenah Library, Historical Program Series

Shoe boxes and scrapbooks may not be the best place to store your personal mementos. Wisconsin Historical Society archivist Emil Hoelter will share valuable information and tips on safe keeping the precious photographs and papers that are an important part of your history. This program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board, with financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting arm of the National Archives.

The History of Breweries in Winnebago County

Thursday, March 17, 7p.m.-8:30p.m. Neenah Library, Historical Program Series

Neenah and Winnebago County have a long brewing history. Hop on over to the Library to learn the stories of our home-grown brewers with Lee Reiherzer.

Discovering Native American History in the Lake Winnebago Region

Thursday, April 14, 7p.m.-8:30p.m., Neenah Library, Historical Program Series

UW Oshkosh Professor Jeff Behm will present an intriguing timeline of Native American History in the Neenah and Menasha area.

Cemetery Walk 2016

Date & More Information to be Announced, 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.