Free Community Events

Storycatchers, The Lonely Hearts Club            Feb. 1    7:00-9:00pm


Thrivent Financial, Multi-Generation Social      

Feb. 8    6:00-8:00pm

League of Women Voters - Political Discussion

March 1  7:00-9:00pm

Storycatchers, Help! I Need Somebody!            

March 15 7:00-9:00pm

City of Appleton, Dream Big Dreams – A Living Room Conversation on The Life of Vel Phillips
March 29  7:00-9:00pm

Storycatchers, Money. That's what I want.               

April 12 7:00-9:00pm

Bridging the GAP Years, 1969-2019 explores growing divisions in American society. Over the past 50 years political polarization, wealth inequality, and feelings of social isolation have increased while our collective empathy has declined. Bridging the GAP Years presents that data and challenges citizens to creatively address those issues. Most importantly, the exhibit provides space for visitors to congregate, reflect, and engage with one another.

The goal of Bridging the GAP Years is to inspire a greater sense of community cohesion by highlighting the historical context for what presently divides us. To help accomplish this the History Museum is partnering with diverse community organizations to host free events. Storycatchers, Thrivent Financial, the League of Women Voters, StoryCorps, the City of Appleton’s Dignity & Respect Campaign, and others will participate in this effort.  

Bridging the GAP Years features easy-to-read graphs that demonstrate political, economic, and social gaps that have formed. The exhibit’s design provides brief reference points for historical context, and a comfortable environment for community members to interact. The exhibit is also available to travel the Fox Cities, by request, to continue the conversation. With your help we can begin bridging the gap and restore our faith in each other.

If you are interested in hosting Bridging the GAP at your organization, please contact Chief Curator Dustin Mack at

Bridging the GAP is loaned to area schools and organizations free of charge. The exhibit consists of four pop-up displays, each 92" w x 89.5" h x 12.25" d, an introductory panel, and Living Room Conversations to help guide discussion.

Open Daily

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI


Thank you to our exhibit partners: