The Mission of the Neenah Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and stories of our community.
The Neenah Historical Society's office is located in Neenah’s historic Ward House at 343 Smith Street. Neenah Historical Society was formed at the home of Helen Kimberly Stuart, 406 E Wisconsin Ave Neenah, in 1948. The articles of association were adopted and officers were elected. The purpose of the society was to collect all obtainable information about the history of the City of Neenah; and to compile and preserve it in some suitable and permanent form. The work of the Neenah Historical Society continues today under the direction of Jane Lang, Executive Director and the Board.
The Hiram Smith Octagon House is located at 347 Smith Street. This house, built in the 1850s, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of a handful of octagon houses in Wisconsin. The museum and Ward House are open by appointment. Please visit our Native American display in the lobby and south hallway of Neenah City Hall at 211 Walnut Street. You can view the exhibit during regular City Hall office hours.