Fireworks, picnics and cookbooks

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


Independence Day always makes me think of picnics, fireworks and family as we celebrate the beginning of our nation.  One way to combine those is to make a delicious dish to share during these events.

Located on the second floor of the library, The Wisconsin collection provides a variety of materials—everything from local history to local and state documents to cookbooks.  Yes, cookbooks!

Currently some of our older local cookbooks are highlighted in a display behind the antique desk.  Over the years various organizations have published compilations of recipes from their members, for example the Post-Crescent or the Foxy Ladies.

Some of the more unusual or older items need to stay in the library, but we do have a variety of local and regional cookbooks that you can check out.  Browse the ones on the desk or check the shelves at WI 641.5.

 Farm Recipes and Food Secrets from the Norske Nook

Two of my favorites are Farm Recipes and Food Secrets from the Norske Nook by Helen Myhre with Mona Vold, and the award-winning The Flavor of Wisconsin:  An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State by Harva Hachten and Terese Allen.

The Flavor of Wisconsin

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