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

Fall and Winter Programs

October 19th Place:Downtown Neenah Time: 1:00 to 4:00

Living History

November 21st Place:Neenah Public Library Time: 6:45

Film screening of M.T. Sylvia's documentary "Atomic Mom". This documentary is about, Sylivia's mother, a female scientist working on the atomic bomb research in 1950's. Neenah Historical Society is excited to welcome special attendee M.T. Sylvia.

December 12th Place:TBD Time: 5:00

Menasha Historical Society's Annual Christmas Banquet.

January 16th Place:Neenah Public Library Time: 7:00

"Wheel Fever" author Nick Hoffman will be presenting cycling history in Wisconsin.

February 20th Place:Neenah Public Library Time: 7:00

Geneology research with UW-Oshkosh archivist Joshua Ranger

March 20th Place:Neenah Public Library Time: 7:00

Celebrate Women's History Month and learn about Neenah's first female mayor, speaker Marigen Carpenter

April 17th Place:Neenah Public Library Time: 7:00

Historic Preservation presentation

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

Cemetery Walk

August 15th 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Oakhill Cemetery.

The event will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery and will feature seven unique and interesting former residents of Neenah. Featured stories for this year’s walk include S.A. Cook (pictured), Mary Kimberly Hamilton, Robert Shiells, Laura Case Sherry, Nellie Price Brown, and Maurice Barnett. All of the featured “ghosts” will be in an area on the south side of Oak Hill just west of the chapel which will make it quite easy to navigate through the tour. Come out and learn about some of Neenah’s former residents - individuals who had an important role to play in our community’s history. Refreshments will be served in an area adjacent to the tour. There will be no rain date, so let’s hope for pleasant weather!

Octagon House Heritage Gardens

September 12th 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Neenah Library. A presentation on the "Heritage Gardens at the Octagon House".

September 14th 2013 at 10 a.m.-Noon. Garden Tours and Open House at the Octagon House. Meet our Master Gardeners and enjoy the gardens.

Open House

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.