Curator Emily Rock at 920-735-9370 x. 115 or 


“An Eagle on His Button:” 
Appleton’s Black Civil War Veterans
Wednesday, July 30
​7:00pm – 8:30pm
Free and open to the public

Join Chief Curator Nick Hoffman for a lecture about the Civil War military experiences of Appleton’s early African American men who enlisted in the United States Colored Troops. After the war, the city was home to three black veterans, including one soldier who witnessed the surrender of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Hoffman will discuss their lives in the military and how each man came to Appleton after their military discharge.

Fallen, but not Forgotten: Appleton Soldiers 
from the Civil War to World War II
Saturday, August 9, 10:00am
$5 per person; $2.50 for members
Pre-registration required

In this walking tour through Appleton’s historic Riverside Cemetery, we will remember some of Appleton’s soldiers who fell during service of their country during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Participants are encouraged to bring bottled water and wear walking shoes. Participants will meet at the main cemetery gate. Contact Emily at 920-735-9370 x. 115.

Antique Appraisals featuring Mark Moran
Tuesday, August 12
$15.00 per item, $3.00 per person for viewing only
Pre-registration required!

Antiques expert Mark Moran will be coming to the History Museum to appraise your family treasures! Each appraisal is $15, and all items must be registered in advance by calling or emailing Sheila Ploeckelman at 920-735-9370 x. 104, or Sheila@myhistorymuseum.org. Certain items are excluded from appraisal—call or email for full details.

All are welcome to attend the event and watch the proceedings, even if you are not having an item appraised. Cost for viewing is $3 per person.

Mr. Moran is also available for home visits while in town.  $75.00  per person. Call Sheila for details and to schedule a visit.

Silent Film Series: Don’t Change Your Husband
Monday, August 18, 6:30pm; doors open at 6:00
$7.00 per person

Join the History Museum, in partnership with the Packerland Theater Organ Society, for a showing of 1919 silent film comedy Don’t Change Your Husband, starring Gloria Swanson. The film is about a young woman who divorces her sloppy husband, marries another man, and finds out the grass is not always greener. Accompanied by live organ music played by Frank Rippl. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

From Houdini to hometown stories,

the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton is your authentic source for history in the Fox Cities of Wisconsin.

Book Talk: Apple Betty and Sloppy Joe
Wednesday, August 27
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Free and open to the public​

Be transported to the 1950s! Apple Betty and Sloppy Joe, by sisters Susan Sanvidge, Diane Sanvidge Seckar, Jean Sanvidge Wouters, & Julie Sanvidge Florence, is more than a cookbook. It is a compilation of family memories and recipes from their childhoods in 1950s Oshkosh. In this talk, the authors will speak about their experience writing their book, and share fun anecdotes and recipes. Presented in partnership with Appleton Public Library.

Black History Cemetery Tour 
Saturday, September 13, 10:00am
$7.00 per person; $3.50 for members
Location: Riverside Cemetery
714 N. Owaissa St.​

Many of Appleton’s early black residents are buried in Riverside Cemetery. The tour will visit the graves of community leaders, barbershop owners, and Civil War veterans from the Artis, Cleggett-Hollensworth, and Elmore families. Participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes and bring bottled water. ​

Bicycle Tour of Local Bicycle History
Saturday, October 4
$5.00 per person, $2.50 members

Join Chief Curator Nick Hoffman for a bike ride and learn how Appleton was involved with early bicycling history. See the home sites of early cyclists, the site of a national cycling meet, and some of the earliest popular bike routes in the city -- all pre-1900s. Participants will provide their own bicycles and must wear a helmet. Riders will meet on the front lawn of the History Museum. Pre-registration required. Contact Emily at 920-735-9370 x. 115.