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


From Houdini to hometown stories,

the authentic source for history

in the Fox Cities of Wisconsin.


​Saturday, April 26

Scout Program: It’s a Secret Elective (Wolves)
12:00pm - 3:00pm
2 hour program with start time (between 12:00pm - 1:00pm) chosen by leader. $5.00 per scout. Click
here to register your troop.

Shhhhh … Wolves can complete the It’s a Secret elective.  Write in invisible ink, crack a code and more! $5 per scout.

Monday, May 12
Silent Film: A Surprise Comedy!
6:00pm doors open; 6:30pm start time
$7.00 per person

Join us for a surprise showing of a classic comedy silent film. The title will be revealed at 6:30pm. The film will be accompanied with live organ music by Frank Rippl and the event is made available in partnership with the Packerland Theater Organ Society. Refreshments are available.

Thursday, May 22 Preserving Family Heirlooms (Workshop)
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$5.00 per person (free for members)

May is National Preservation Month and we are celebrating by helping you protect family heirlooms.

In this workshop, Curator Emily Rock will teach you how to preserve precious family items, such as photos and wedding dresses. Registration includes an acid-free photograph envelope to help you get started!

Thursday, June 12 Historic Pub Crawl
6:30pm – 8:30pm
$5.00 per person, $2.50 per members
Limited to 20 people.

​Last summer the Museum explored tavern history on East College Avenue. This summer we are covering the other half of downtown and its fascinating brewing history. Join us for a tour of a former brewery site and iconic drinking holes located along West College Avenue and Walnut Street.

Pre-registration required by calling Curator Emily Rock at 920-735-9370 ext. 115.

Thursday, July 10 Bicycling Through Local Black History
$5.00 / person; $2.50 / members
Limited to 30 people.

Join Chief Curator Nick Hoffman as he leads a bicycle tour to historic sites of Appleton’s black history. The tour will visit the site of black owned businesses, homes of early families, and sites linked to the Civil Rights Movement. 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.

Pre-registration required by calling Curator Emily Rock at 920-735-9370 ext. 115.

Wednesday, July 23 Flavor of Wisconsin: 
​History Through Wisconsin’s Recipes
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$5.00 per person; $2.50 per members

To understand the history of a region, just follow the food. That’s particularly true in Wisconsin, whose culinary traditions reflect the richness of an ethnically and agriculturally diverse region. Author Terese Allen shares the stories behind such varied foodways as cream puffs, Hmong egg rolls and the Friday night fish fry. From Ojibwe wild rice to arugula pesto pasta, she tracks the amazing cornucopia of what Wisconsinites have gathered, grown, produced, cooked, and eaten. In addition to exploring culinary traditions from around the state, she'll compare and contrast Fox Valley traditions with foodways from other regions.

Terese Allen has written scores of books and articles about the pleasures and benefits of regional foods, sustainable cooking, and culinary folklore. She is co-author, with the late Harva Hachten, of the prize-winning expanded edition of The Flavor of Wisconsin, an extensive history of food and cooking in the Badger State, with more than 450 recipes. Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2009, the book received a starred review by Publishers Weekly and was lauded in Gastronomica magazine as and "incredible compilation [that] ought to be in every home, library, and classroom in the state, and in the hands of culinary historians and other foodies everywhere."