Join us for a look back and a look ahead at ThedaCare. Theda Clark Peters dreamed of a better life for the people of her community. Before her sudden passing in 1903, just three days after giving birth to her only child, she made sure her hometown of Neenah would have a hospital to care for the sick and improve the health of all people. On October 18, 1909, the sixth birthday of Theda’s daughter, ThedaCare opened its first doors.
Did you know the nation’s top fighter pilot of World War II was from Wisconsin? Mike O’Connor author of the book “Ace of Aces” will discuss the life of United States Army Air Forces pilot Major Richard Bong of Poplar, Wisconsin. Major Bong was credited with shooting down 40 Japanese aircraft and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross and was one of the most decorated pilots of the war.
Take the plunge into the world of computer coding with this friendly beginner’s introduction to web design at the Neenah Public Library Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30pm. Learn the basics of HTML, and CSS in a stress free environment. Work along with the class with hands on training. Basic computer skills required. Limited laptops will be available, please bring your own if you have the ability.
Start the New Year right with 1 Touch Organizing founder Sara Campana at the Neenah Public Library, Thursday, January 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, in the library’s Shattuck Room. Professional organizer Sara Campana will explain the importance of decluttering your home and provide tips on how to create a more organized and relaxing living space. Learn the secrets behind Marie Kondo’s bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” and how to establish a more organized living space. No registration required.
Do you love classic video games? Join the Neenah Public Library Saturday, January 25th at 10:30am for a celebration of old school gaming. Featuring all your favorite Nintendo, Sega, and Atari games this family friendly competition is perfect for all ages. Be sure to attend by 11:00am to register for the Super Mario Kart tournament! No reservations necessary. Lite pizza snack will be provided.
* There are 5 featured prizes. Patrons are only eligible to win 1 prize each.
Continuing our attention on the Hidden History of Doty Island, join the Neenah Historical Society for a presentation by Jeff Heimerman and Tom VanLieshout on the Doty Island Tennis Club. Its history dates back to the 1920s and includes famous tennis star names like Pancho Gonzales and Bobby Riggs. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the people and stories associated with this interesting part of Neenah and Menasha’s Doty Island history.
This year, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote. Please join the Neenah Historical Society for a special presentation by the Winnebago County League of Women Voters and learn the local stories behind this long lasting and useful organization.
History programs are sponsored by the Neenah Historical Society and co-sponsored by the Neenah Public Library
With Jim Filapek
Jim will share selections from his memoir, Snapshots from Third Field, which recounts stories of his service as an Army Medic in Vietnam in 1968. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase. Refreshments served.
Seeing film from early Neenah really brings history to life! Join the Neenah Historical Society in the Shattuck Room for a special night of viewing some of the amazing film footage from Neenah dating from the 1920s to the 1960s that has recently been digitized for us by our friends at the Menasha Historical Society. From Amelia Earhart arriving at the train station on the Island in 1935 to a Neenah-Menasha football game from the 1930s, to Doty Park in the 40s and 50s, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to view these one of a kind videos! Free popcorn will be served!
In partnership with Lawrence University the Neenah Public Library will be offering a series of free live jazz concerts. This year, in honor of Blue Note Records 80th Anniversary, each concert will feature hits from the venerable label. Including songs from Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, and more. Hosted in the library’s Shattuck Room. No reservations necessary.