History Programs

The History of the Neenah Police Department
Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 pm
Captain Aaron Olson, of the Neenah Police Department has been working with a group of volunteers on a history book of the department.  He'll be presenting photos and information on the department's interesting history over the past 143 years.

"If Neenah's Walls Could Talk"
Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 pm
Join the Neenah Historical Society Executive Director, Jane Lang, and Neenah High School teachers, Ben Christian and Deb Gauthier, at the Neenah Library as they present “If Neenah’s Walls Could Talk.” The interesting research of Neenah High School students and teachers who contributed to this innovative preservation project will be presented, and attendees will learn some of the fascinating history behind some of Neenah’s most iconic properties.

Canceled-The History of the Menominee-Canceled  This program may be rescheduled in the spring.
Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 pm
Join us in celebrating Native American History Month when Menominee Tribal Member, Alan Caldwell, will present an overview of Menominee culture at the Neenah Historical Society’s November 17th program at the Neenah Library. Caldwell is the foremost expert in the state on the history and culture of the Menominee, and his program will provide great insight into the very early years of Neenah and Menasha.

The History of the Brigade
Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 pm
Many of Neenah’s young people hold Camp Onaway and the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade among their fondest memories of growing up in Neenah.  In fact, over 8,000 adults are Brigade alumni! Join the Neenah Historical Society on Thursday, January 19th at 7 p.m. at the Neenah Library when the former Director of the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, Tom Hoare, presents “The History of the Brigade.”  The Brigade has been building leaders in Neenah since 1900, and we’ll be re-living some of the highlights of the Brigade experience at this special program.

The History of Neenah’s Presbyterian Church
Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 pm
The first church established in Neenah was the First Presbyterian in December of 1848. Neenah was little more than a wilderness outpost at that time. Join the Neenah Historical Society on Thursday, February 16th at 7 p.m. at the Neenah Library when Presbyterian historian, Jack Speech, presents “The History of Neenah’s Presbyterian Church.” Over the many years of its existence, the First Presbyterian Church has provided a spiritual home to countless Neenah residents. This insightful presentation will link Neenah’s history with the Presbyterian Church history to give the audience a better understanding of our community’s story.

Sweet Collaborators: The Galloway Company & Neenah's Dairy Queen
Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 pm
The March 2017 history program will feature a combined presentation on the history of the Galloway Company presented by Mr. Tim Galloway and the history of Neenah's Dairy Queen presented by Mr. Jim Reiser. The unique and long-term business relationship between the Galloway Company and Neenah's Dairy Queen is a great example of the collaborative spirit in our community!

Life in Neenah’s Progressive Era
Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 pm
So much of what we still enjoy in our community today had its start during what is known as the Progressive Era. Join the Neenah Historical Society to discover, “Life in Neenah’s Progressive Era” presented by Professor Steven Sheehan of UW-Fox Valley. In early May, the Society will be opening its newest exhibit, Making a Hometown – Life in Neenah’s Progressive Era. This hands-on, interactive exhibition will feature the story of how Neenah’s industrial leaders in the late 19th and early 20th centuries worked together with community building organizations to create the hometown we still enjoy today. Professor Sheehan will give an overview of some of the amazing things we’ve discovered about Neenah’s story during this time period.


All history programs are in the 1st floor Shattuck Community Room

The history programs are sponsored by the Neenah Historical Society and co-sponsored by the Neenah Public Library.