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We've assembled a collection of unique books that cover the rich history and people of the communities around us in the Fox River Valley of North East Wisconsin - Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Kaukauna and Ripon have all been published by Arcadia Publishing in this unique series. We also have a separate section for our diverse selection of Christmas Related books and another section for our Artist Related books.
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Images of America
Appleton, Wisconsin

Author Bio: The Appleton Historical Society was formed in 2010 to preserve the history of Appletons industry, business, and people. The society regularly hosts events to bring the citys history to the public for their enjoyment. Gwen Sargeant led the committee to create a community-inspired book. Images of America: Appleton contains photographs from the Appleton Historical Society, Lawrence University, the History Museum at the Castle, and the private collections of many Appleton natives. Overview... Appletons rich beginnings found their source at Lawrence Institute, the university in the woods, on the Fox River. Rev. Henry Colman and Rev. William Sampson chose the bluff on the river for the site of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the building began in July 1848. It was with axe and hook that the first settlers cleared the land for Lawrence and Appleton. The city was made up of three villages: Martin (Grand Chute), Appleton, and Lawesburg. In 1857, the villages joined together to form the city of Appleton. Amos Story was the citys first mayor. Appletons industry grew on the banks of the Fox River, including hydroelectricity and paper. Written by The Appleton Historical Society Published by Arcadia Publishing February 2015 Release 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 128 pages, Paperback Book - 217 Black & White Images ISBN 978-1-4671-1330-4
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Images of America<br>Appleton, Wisconsin
Images of America
Neenah, Wisconsin

Author Bio: Images of America: Neenah captures history through the lens of Gavin Schmitt, a Neenah resident and a volunteer for the Neenah Historical Society. Showcasing images from the Neenah Library and more, Schmitt presents a vivid history of the Paper City Overview... Neenah rests in the heart of the Fox Valley, positioned between Appleton and Oshkosh. The city sits at the junction of Lake Winnebago and the Fox River, which has always been central to its draw for both recreation and business. Flour and paper milling utilized the rivers powerful flow and brought Neenahs biggest booms. The successes of paper mills such as Neenah Paper, which opened in 1866, and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, which opened in 1872, led to the natural development of the Paper City nickname. Today, industry continues to flourish in Neenah. The region has become a hub for several major corporations with broad, international reach, yet lifelong residents remain the true community heroes. Vintage photographs highlight the notable lifestyles of Bergstrom, Aylward, and Mahler, as well as the day-to-day activities of shopkeepers, churchgoers, factory workers, teachers, deliverymen, bankers, politicians, craftsmen, and other locals who were better known as friends or neighbors. Featuring both the storefronts and aisles of popular establishments such as Krueger Hardware, Jandreys department store, and Burts Candies, this book invites readers to take a trip down memory lane. Written and compiled by Gavin Schmitt Published by Arcadia Publishing December 2014 Release 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 128 pages, Paperback Book, 200 B&W Images ISBN 978-1-4671-1323-6
Images of America<br>Neenah, Wisconsin
Images of America
Menasha, Wisconsin

Author David Galassie grew up in Menasha and, although he is no longer a resident, has never lost his love and passion for the city. In association with the Menasha Historical Society and its wealth of vintage photographs, he presents the fascinating story of this industrial city. Overview... Menasha was carved from the northeastern Wisconsin wilderness in the late 1840s. At the confluence of the Fox River and Lake Winnebago, the town's early entrepreneurs and industrialists sought the promise of waterpower to fuel their mills and kick- start the engine of commerce. Taming the Fox with dams, canals, and a lock, Menasha initially made its mark with flour mills and lumber-based industry. At one time, the city was home to the largest manufacturer of wood-turned products in the world. In the late 19th century, however, the tides of change once again washed upon the city and industrial focus shifted to the paper industry. What made Menasha great were dependable waterpower, ... Written and compiled by David Galassie with the Menasha Historical Society Published by Arcadia Publishing 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 128 pages, Paperback Book, ISBN 978-0-7385-9178-0
Images of America<br>Menasha, Wisconsin
Images of America
Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Author Gavin Schmitt has been a resident of Kaukauna for three decades, with family roots dating back to the 1870s. He is a film critic, historian, and foreign-policy columnist and has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of Images of America: Milwaukee Mafia. Overview... Explorer Jean Nicolet traveled down the Fox River in 1634 and explored an area of three waterfalls. Settlers arrived and began trading at this natural way station in 1760, establishing what became Kaukauna-one of the oldest settlements in the state. In fact, the first land deed ever recorded in Wisconsin happened here. The first state road followed in the 1820s, connecting Kaukauna with Green Bay, and people trickled in to work at the sawmills. Locks and dams were built to harness the river, and the paper mills were not far behind. It was then that Kaukauna was nicknamed the "Lion on the Fox," and the boom of a great city began. It is a thriving community today that maintains a small-town feel. Thilmany Pulp and Paper has been the leading employer in the area for more than a century. At the heart of the city remains the Fox River, dividing north and south, and Kaukauna remains the "Lion on the Fox." Written and compiled by Gavin Schmitt Published by Arcadia Publishing November 2013 Release 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 128 pages, Paperback Book, 200 B&W Images ISBN 978-1-4671-1090-7
Images of America<br>Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Images of America
Ripon, Wisconsin

Author Bio: Authors Amanda Gesiorski, Naomi Jahn, and Christian Krueger are history majors at Ripon College. Though not native to Ripon, each of these young women has adopted the city as her second home. Editors Andrew Prellwitz and David Sakrison are instructors at the college. Overview... From its first settlement by Fourierite communards in the 1840s, before Wisconsin became a state, Ripon has had a long and distinguished history, swept by and nourishing important currents of the nations saga. The party of Abraham Lincoln was born here in 1854, in the nations first public gathering to call itself Republican Party. On the eve of the Civil War, Ripons Booth War brought the city to national attention as a hotbed of abolitionism. Ripon is the birthplace of suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt and department store pioneer H. Gordon Selfridge. Its stately homes and neighborhoods remind many visitors of New England, and its historic downtown remains one of the best preserved in the region. Ripon College, founded in 1851, has often been described as the Harvard of the Midwest. Its alumni include actors Spencer Tracy and Harrison Ford, jazz singer Al Jarreau, American physicist and health researcher Elda Emma Anderson, and astronaut Jeffrey Bantle Written by Amanda Gesiorski, Naomi Jahn, Christian Krueger Published by Arcadia Publishing 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 128 pages, Paperback Book - 200 Black & White Images ISBN 978-1-4671-1113-3
Images of America<br> Ripon, Wisconsin