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


Mini Comic Con Saturday, April 23

Attention science fiction and comic book fans! Next Saturday, April 23, we will have a Mini Comic Con as part of the Fox Cities Book Festival, with two speakers.

John Jackson Miller is an award-winning author who, besides writing his own original books and graphic novels, writes books in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes. This year several books will be released, including his first in the Halo universe: Tales from Slipspace; Star Trek: Prey; and Star Wars: The Rise of the Empire. He will speak at 1:00 with a book signing afterwards.

Our other guest speaker is Zachariah Wilson, owner of Power House Comics. He is very knowledgeable about the history of comics and has a wonderful collection. At 2:30 he will talk about EC Comics and the beginning of the Comics Code Authority.

Throughout the event there will be “Create your own” comic panel booklets and comics coloring pages available. We hope to see you there!

Making sense of complicated family trees

Local historian, Lawrence University Music Librarian and Associate Professor Antoinette Powell will guide us through Untangling the Spaghetti--Making Sense of Complicated Family Trees. This presentation takes us through the process of researching related families in the Fox Cities.  Learn more about local sources and how to follow families through generations.

Join us March 12 from 2:00-3:30 in Lower Level Meeting Room C for the latest program in the Find Your Ancestors series. 

Free and open to the public. Funded by Friends of Appleton Public Library.

Find Your Military Ancestors

Many of us have military ancestors, but we often don’t know much about their service.  Russ Horton, archivist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison will explain how to find their service records and what sort of personal information might be available in them.  Join us Saturday, February 13 from 2:00-3:30 in Lower Level Meeting Room D.

Free and open to the public.  Support provided by Friends of Appleton Public Library.

Find your military ancestors

Researching a Wisconsin ancestor who is a veteran? Russell Horton of the Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum will explain what types of military records are available and how to access them Saturday, February 13 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Learn more about the museum here.

Thanks to the Friends of Appleton Public Library for sponsoring this program.

Learn About Polish Genealogy

Steve Szabados, author of ten genealogy books, genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal and lecturer on Polish genealogy will appear at the Appleton Public Library on Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 pm in Lower Level Meeting Room C. Learn ways to research your Polish family tree, how Polish history and border changes affected your ancestors and where to find records. The program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. 

The Find Your Ancestors series of genealogy programs, funded by the Friends of Appleton Public Library, take place in Lower Level Meeting Room C, from 2:00-3:30 pm on the second Saturday of each month from November to April.  February 13 will feature Russell Horton, Reference & Outreach Archivist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, with a class called Find Your Military Ancestors.

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