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Street Smarts

A pocket-sized history of local street names What’s in a name? When it comes to our streets, apparently a lot. Street names are often a window to the past. In the Fox Cities, they run the gamut from the surname of a local inventor to a Native American greeting. Some streets were named based on READ MORE

Voting for a Change

The impact of the 19th Amendment on our community By Jane Lang, Executive Director of Neenah Historical Society, and Steven T. Sheehan, Associate Professor of History at UW-Fox Valley Images courtesy of the Neenah Historical Society If less than half of the adult population were allowed to vote, would you still call the United States READ MORE

Fox Cities Artifacts

Posted on May. 1, 2019 by Cody Wiesner

The most fascinating items in museum collections   Artifact: something characteristic of or resulting from a particular human institution, period, trend or individual.  When we think of “artifacts,” we might first imagine the Rosetta Stones of history, famous, rare and monumentally important, but in this assessment, we often forget the historic items right here in our READ MORE

Kai & Hall 

Two tragic tales of national celebrities who met their demise in the Fox Cities  A Hawaiian musical sensation and an Australian boxing champion – what could they have in common? They both met their untimely fates in the Fox Cities and are buried at local cemeteries. These are their stories.  The Guitar King  In an READ MORE

Brown County Bicentennial 

Wisconsin’s oldest county celebrates 200 years Thirty years before Wisconsin was granted statehood, Brown County was established as one of the state’s original two counties. It was formed in 1818 and made up the entire eastern half of Wisconsin, becoming the first boundary lines west of the Great Lakes. As Wisconsin’s oldest county prepares to READ MORE

Traveling back in time

Posted on May. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

Every piece of history tells a story. Each community also has its tales to tell and artifacts to be discovered. FOX CITIES Magazine unearthed four accounts that contribute to the fabric of the area’s past. Stars and stripes Today, the United States flag waves a proud 50 stars, and 13 alternating red and white stripes READ MORE

The Big Idea

Four Big Ideas That Changed the Fox Cities By Sean P. Johnson Sometimes we take our greatest assets for granted. “I just drive it. I don’t think about it,” says John Bubolz, chairman of the citizens committee that lobbied the state to fund and build the Tri-County Expressway, now known as Wisconsin Trunk Highway 441. READ MORE

The Magic of Place

By Rebecca Turchan Harry Houdini has intrigued residents of the Fox Cities ever since his meteoric rise to fame in the early 20th century. Houdini is forever remembered as a master magician and escape artist, puzzling and astounding audiences with his daring tricks. Rumors and myths swirl around his name, while legends of his superhuman READ MORE