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


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.

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 9:00am-11:00am $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.

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.