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


Tuesday - Sunday

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

330 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI



The Cleggett and Hollensworth Families: 
Appleton’s Aristocrats

Wednesday, October 15
7:00pm-8:30pm, Free lecture

From the early 1860s to the 1920s members of the Cleggett and Hollensworth families were highly successful business people and leaders in the African American community in Appleton. The immediate families, extended family members and those who married into the family helped to shape North American history in the decades before the Civil War and into the 1930s. Their influence is seen even today. Learn how these large, far-reaching, intertwined, complicated families thrived in a time when race was not an issue and survived during more difficult times.

​Antoinette Powell, Music Librarian and Associate Professor at Lawrence University will be your guide.

Bicycle Tour of Local Black History
Saturday, October 25, 10:00am - 11:30am
$5.00 per person; $2.50 for members

Join Chief Curator Nick Hoffman as he leads a bicycle tour to historic sites of Appleton’s African American history. The tour will visit the sites of black owned businesses, homes of early families, and sites linked to the Civil Rights Movement. The tour involves an 8 mile ride at a comfortable pace.

Participants will provide their own bicycles and must wear a helmet. Riders will meet on the front lawn of the History Museum. The tour is limited to 30 people, so register early!

Pre-registration is required by calling Curator Emily Rock at 920-735-9370 x. 115.This ride is a repeat of our bicycle tour held earlier this year in July. Due to the response, and a list of folks who couldn't attend, we are offering this ride again on a Saturday.

Silent Film Series: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Monday, October 27
6:30pm; doors open at 6:00
$7.00 per person

Get in the Halloween spirit with a classic horror film!  History Museum, in partnership with the Packerland Theater Organ Society, will present silent film classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.  The movie follows the story of a young man who encounters a mysterious hypnotist, Dr. Caligari, whose experiments may be responsible for a string of murders. The film will be accompanied by live organ music played by Frank Rippl. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


November 12

Neon: Darkness Electrified features about 30 vintage neon advertising signs from local collector Jed Schleisner. Explore the history and science behind the glow of the tubes.