Current and Upcoming Exhibits at Hearthstone
In addition to our beautiful the Victorian interiors, which are on permanent display throughout the house, Hearthstone features a number of timely seasonal exhibits.
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April 4 to August 31, 2019
The history of baseball runs deep and wide in our state. Appleton’s first team, the Excelsiors, took the field in 1867 playing squads from Green Bay, Oshkosh, and Neenah and other cities. In Appleton, as well as in other cities and towns across the state, amateur, company, semi-pro, and professional teams soon followed.
This exhibit, done in conjunction with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and historic societies from across Eastern Wisconsin, chronicles the development of the national past time: From when it was played in country fields across our state to when it became a major source of city entertainment. The story of early local baseball also includes players who made it to the majors leagues, like William “Dummy” Hoy, the subject of a soon-to-released Hollywood movie.
And yet, the story of baseball in Wisconsin is more than just the story of players and teams, it is, in many ways, the story of Wisconsin itself.
The exhibit, which will feature photos, artifacts, and interactive displays, opens April 4, 2019 and runs through August 30, 2019. The Beginnings of Baseball in Wisconsin is included on all regular daytime tours of Hearthstone.
Celebrating Women’s Suffrage:
The 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment in Wisconsin
June 1 to June 30, 2019
On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th amendment granting national suffrage to women. You might not realize it, but women’s suffrage has a direct connection to Hearthstone and the history of electricity. Our month long celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment in Wisconsin explores a little know connection between two of the most revolutionary events in 20th century history: Women getting the vote and household electrification.
The exhibit opens June 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2019. Celebrating Women’s Suffrage is included on all regular daytime tours of Hearthstone.
The 130th Anniversary of Kitty’s Wedding.
September 2 to September 29, 2019
When Kitty Rogers, the young and beautiful daughter of Henry and Cremora Rogers, who built Hearthstone, was married on September 4, 1889, the wedding was the social event of the season. It was described in the Appleton Crescent as “the most brilliant of any wedding that has occurred in this city for years.” Articles detailed the church, the music, the fashions, the service, the wedding breakfast, the decorations, the reception, even the wedding gifts. Over five hundred invitations were extended for the service alone. Now, you’re invited too.
Join us as we recreate Kitty’s reception at Hearthstone, where “the rooms never looked so lovely as on this occasion. The decorations were mostly of smilax and roses, the chandeliers and mantels being entwined with green and the fireplaces glowing with delicate roses and more brilliant flowers.”
The exhibit will also feature Hearthstone’s collection of Victorian wedding dresses as well as special events where we will offer a champagne toast to the bride and groom (please see our Events section when details are available).
The exhibit opens September 1, 2019 and runs through September 30, 2019. You’re Invited: The 130th Anniversary of Kitty’s Wedding is included on all regular daytime tours of Hearthstone.