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Sunday, March 22, 2009


The History Museum at the Castle

Appleton's The History Museum at the Castle is a great place to visit to learn about history in the area. Hosted by the Outagamie Historical Society, the History Museum at the Castle features the "A.K.A. Houdini" exhibit and other material on Houdini), plus a host of other community events such as lectures, workshops, magic shows, etc. Another permanent exhibit is "Tools of Change: The Work, Workers, and Tools of the Lower Fox River Valley, 1840-1950."

They will be opening a new exhibit, Sports and Spirit, on May 21st. Here's a description, kindly provided by Tiffany Niederwerfer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations:
From Little League to tavern leagues, individual athletes to teams, players to fans, Sports & Spirit will highlight how organized sports create and strengthen Fox Valley community ties. One-of-a-kind artifacts, multi-sensory activities, and audio-visual technology will deliver a powerful experience that will engage visitors of all ages. Come see the exhibit on opening night!

I'm also looking forward to the 2009 Silent Film Series offering a fantastic collection of early black and white silent films. Appleton organist Frank Rippl will compose an original score for each film to be played on The Museum’s 1926 Austin pipe organ during each performance. The Silent Film Series is presented in partnership with the Packerland Theatre Organ Society and Wisconsin Public Radio. The first event will be held Monday, June 8th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., featuring The Thief of Bagdad. It's a 1924 Douglas Fairbanks classic. $7 per person.

The museum is located in a beautiful old stone building at 330 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911. Phone (920) 735-9370. Admission for adults is $5, $2.50 for children ages 5-17, $4.50 for seniors and $12.00 for families (free for children under 5 and members). Closed Mondays during the school season, open Mondays during the summer.