Fox Footprints: local history

The Appleton Public Library is very interested in preserving local history and collecting our shared stories. Here you will find unique photos and stories, updates on our projects and information on our programs in local history and researching your family history. If you have a great photo or story, let us know!   -Diana

Trace Your House History

Join us Saturday, December 13 at 1:00 pm for Trace Your House History - Who Loved Your House Before You Did, the second program in our Find Your Ancestors series. Staff member Melody Hanson will explain how she traced her historic home’s history, learning about the families who lived there, when it was built and how it has changed over the years.

Even if you don’t live in a historic home you will learn how to do research at the library and other local organizations to round out your family history with photos of the neighborhood, changes to streets and more.

The Trace Your House History booklist has a list of resources to help you.

Appleton winter celebrations past

Love to look at photos of Appleton in years gone by?  Stop by the Appleton Public Library table at the Appleton Historical Society’s History Fair on Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and help identify unmarked photos for us.  We will have photos and newspaper articles about Appleton’s past winter celebrations such as the Avenue of Angels and the Great White Way to view.

The History Fair theme this year is Appleton Christmas Past.  It takes place during the Indoor Farmer’s Market in Appleton City Center Plaza at 10 College Avenue.

For those who can't make it to the History Fair, the display on the second floor of the library will have information about and photos of winter celebrations in Appleton throughout the month of December.

Military veterans and ancestors

D-day Landing

Veterans Day is November 11, when we honor military personnel who served the United States in all wars, especially living veterans.  Please stop in the Wisconsin Collection area on the second floor of the Appleton Public Library for veteran-related displays.

Military memorabilia including hats, photos, mess kits and more may be found in the tall cases along with Appleton Public Library books concerning veterans’ service.  These items are courtesy of the Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh.

The New Books stand includes a shelf of veterans’ stories from different wars.  You are welcome to check these out.

Information on the Find Your Ancestors series on genealogy fills the glass case.  This series will begin Saturday, November 15 at 1:00-2:30 in the Lower Level Meeting Room C, with speaker Russell Horton from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.  He will provide information on what records are available at the museum and how to find information on military service for your ancestors.  The program does not require registration, and is free to the public.  Please join us.

Appleton Then and Now

Have you ever wondered what downtown Appleton looked like in the old days, or fondly remember a favorite store that no longer exists?

Appleton Then and Now, a presentation by Scott Mahnke, will answer some of your questions with photos of original buildings and what has replaced them. Scott is a senior electrical engineer with McMahon Associates Engineers and Architects. He enjoys American history, especially the Civil War era, and is a Licensed Battlefield Guide.

The free program will be held in Lower Level Meeting Room C on Thursday, October 30, from 6:00-7:30. Join us to learn more about Appleton.

Steampunk Saturday

Looking for something unique to do?  Drop by Steampunk Saturday--October 18, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:30 in the Lower Level of the Appleton Public Library.  There will be two different sessions starting at noon and again at 2:30.  Each will feature a presentation in Room A/B/C about Steampunk culture or dress, as well as Steampunk Adventure RPG demos in room D (gaming spaces limited). 

A costume contest with Steampunk prizes will take place from 2:00-2:30, so wear your best Victorian or Steampunk outfit complete with goggles, hat or whatever you can create, but leave your Steampunk six-shooters at home.  Be there by 1:45 to sign up for the contest.  Prizes will be awarded for the best and most inventive costumes.

During the afternoon you will be able to construct a Mustache Monacle, stamp a Steampunk Stone Tile, and create a fascinator for your hair or a medal for your costume.  Door prizes, from Steampunk books to Mustache Mania to a Steampunk Gaming Kit, will be awarded at the end of the day (need not be present to win).

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