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Champagne, Cake, and Kitty - You’re Invited!

September 14, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 pm

On Wednesday, September 4, Appleton saw, as the Appleton Crescent reported, “the most notable wedding in the history of Appleton society.” Kitty Rogers, a beautiful young daughter of Henry and Cremora Rogers, married Frank Pietsch, the scion of a wealthy Chicago family. The couple and their families and guests then celebrated the nuptials with a sumptuous reception at the Rogers’ home, now known as Hearthstone, where according to the Appleton Weekly Post, “the surroundings were rendered as entrancing as a fairy realm.”

Hearthstone invites everyone to help us commemorate this momentous day. Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, September 14, 2019 to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Kitty’s Wedding. We have filled the house with flowers, just like on that day, to re-create what the Appleton Weekly Post called “an effect that was magical and poetic in its inspiration.” Kitty will be there in our thoughts and we will serve light refreshments including a piece of wedding cake and a flute of bubbly for everyone in attendance. The evening will also feature live performances on our 1875 square grand piano.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets are $10 and include informal tours of Hearthstone and viewing of all displays related to the “Kitty’s Wedding: You’re Invited” exhibit. Refreshments, as indicated above, are also included.

Please note: No physical tickets will be sent out for on-line sales. Tickets are date specific. Simply provide a copy of the confirmation email or the confirmation number and the purchaser’s name at the door. Tickets may also be available at the door but numbers are limited.

Limited parking is available on-site. Additional free parking is available on State Street one half block east of the museum.

Unfortunately, M.A.P. passes cannot be used for this event.

Please note:  Because of the historic nature of Hearthstone, stairs are the only means of access to the second floor.  The first floor and lower level are wheel chair accessible via an electric lift.


Grieg for Hardanger Fiddle and Piano

September 20, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and September 21, 2:00 pm

Hearthstone Historic House Museum is proud to present the next installment of our year-long live music series “Period Music, Period Instruments, Period Room” with “Grieg for Hardanger Fiddle and Piano.”

The salon-style recitals (please see the times listed above), which are included with paid admissions to the museum, feature Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances) excerpts from Op. 72 by Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg (1843–1907). Grieg, widely considered one of the leading composers of Romantic era, drew on Norwegian folk melodies to bring the music of his homeland to an international audience, helping to develop a national identity.

About the artists…

Elizabeth Weis teaches Hardanger Fiddle at St. Olaf and leads the hardingfele performance group Lars Skjervheim Spelemannslaget at St. Olaf. Elizabeth’s main teachers have been Dr. Andrea Een (Professor Emeritus, St. Olaf) and Olav Jørgen Hegge. Elizabeth travels on both sides of the Atlantic to study with touring teachers and in Norway to absorb both the music and culture. She performs traditional hardingfele music for dances and workshops around the U.S. She also teaches and performs on the Swedish nyckelharpa (key fiddle) and on the regular violin in several Swedish and Norwegian fiddle styles.

Frances Olson Borgerding ’18, is from Minneapolis, MN, and has played classical and Scandinavian folk music since age four. She studied Piano Performance at St. Olaf. Her teachers include Nancy Paddleford and Elena Piastro (piano), Ray Shows (violin) and Elizabeth Weis (Hardanger Fiddle). Frances received grants in 2012 and 2014 towards continued study of Scandinavian Folk Music. Since graduating, she has been enjoying freelancing in the Twin Cities, working with organizations such as the American Swedish Institute, the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America, Ethnic Dance Theatre and Impossible Salt, among others. Frances will be playing Hearthstone’s 1875 Kranich and Bach square grand piano.

Hearthstone is delighted to bring to life 19th century music in our fully restored historic 1882 residence.


Haunted Hearthstone - Sequential Killers of the Victorian Age - Part II

October 5, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26, and 31, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Back by popular demand is our theatrical glimpse into 19th century serial murders and the beginnings of murder investigation as seen through the eyes of police detectives, victims, and the perpetrators who stalked them!

A new cast of nefarious real-life murders are central to this year’s production along with new tellings of two famous killers with a connection to Hearthstone. As you tour the historic mansion to live organ music, lead by Victorian police detectives, you will meet the killers and their victims, hearing their tales of malice and woe.

The entire house will be decorated in Victorian mourning traditions with black crepe on the windows, clocks stopped at the hour of death, and photos turned to the walls.

Tours will also include viewing a collection of Victorian mourning artifacts including hair jewelry (made from the locks of the deceased), death photographs, other momento mori, mourning dresses, and related clothing.

The 50 minute long performances start every 15 minutes from 6:00-9:00 pm on October 5, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26, and 31. Tickets are $15 on-line and $18 at the door. Advanced tickets are strongly advised and can be purchased by clicking the button below. Last year’s performances sold out.

Please note: Performances are not recommended for children 11 and under.