Downtown Appleton. Appleton Community News photo by Dan Plutchak
Downtown Appleton. Kaukauna Community News photo by Dan Plutchak

APPLETON — PBS Wisconsin and The History Museum at the Castle will host two community listening sessions for two different projects focusing on the history of Appleton.

The ideas and stories shared by residents will play an important role in the development of PBS Wisconsin’s upcoming documentary “Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Appleton” and The History Museum at the Castle’s forthcoming exhibition, “You Are Here.”

The documentary’s producers, other station representatives and museum staff will host a conversation with the members of the Appleton community to learn more about the people and places that tell the area’s unique history.

According to a news release, the event will help identify critical stories to shape the documentary’s development and project the scope of the museum exhibit.

The two listening sessions will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 at The History Museum at the Castle, 330 E. College Ave., Appleton.

Session one will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session two will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Attendees can choose which of the two sessions best meets their schedule.

Space is limited and face masks are required. Please RSVP to reserve your seat by calling 800-422-9707 or emailing

“PBS Wisconsin is proud to focus on the rich history of Appleton in the next chapter of our Wisconsin Hometown Stories series,” said PBS Wisconsin Director of Television Jon Miskowski. “The series is built upon a deep collaboration with a community to preserve and share its story. The process begins with listening to people share their stories and their sense of what defines their hometown. These listening sessions are a great opportunity for the people of Appleton to become a part of the documentary’s development.”

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“Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Appleton” is produced as a partnership of the Wisconsin Historical Society and PBS Wisconsin.

Funding to date for “Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Appleton” is provided by The Doug & Carla Salmon Foundation, Community First Credit Union, the Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programs (supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Friends of PBS Wisconsin.

PBS Wisconsin is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PBS Wisconsin is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.



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