Media coverage

May 15, 2019

Three sixth grade inventors from Kaleidoscope Academy in Appleton, winners of Edison-Rogers Prizes as the best inventions at the Invention Convention, join Kathy Keene on WHBY’s "The Good Neighbor Show" to talk about their innovative and fun inventions. Also interviewed are Kaleidoscope Academy Science and Math teacher Doug Sunke, who shares his experience with Hearthstone’s STEMIE curriculum and Invention Convention, and Hearthstone’s Executive Director George Schroeder.

Link to podcast of interviews.


Press release

May 15, 2019

Hearthstone Historic House Museum announces its “Every Soldier’s Square Project” in conjunction with Sculpture Valley, Inc. and the John H. Bradley VA Clinic in Appleton. The project’s goal is to revitalize the Solider’s Square Civil War monument and raise money for its restoration, as well as for the three sponsoring organizations, through donations coupled to engraving of historic bricks with the names of veterans.

Full text of press release.


Media coverage

May 6, 2019

The May issue of Fox Cities Magazine features an article written by Hearthstone Historic House volunteer Christine Williams entitled VICTORIAN BATH SPLENDOR. The article chronicles the year long effort to restore the museum’s last interior space occupied by the Rogers family - a spectacular second floor bath.

Link to on-line version of the article.


Media coverage

April 22, 2019

Three sixth grade inventors from Kaleidoscope Academy in Appleton, as well as Hearthstone’s Executive Director George Schroeder, join FOX 11’s Good Day Wisconsin host Pete Petoniak to talk to about the student’s brilliant creations for their school’s “Invention Convention” that Hearthstone sponsors.

Link to videos.


Media coverage

April 2, 2019

Hearthstone Historic House Museum is featured in Appleton Downtown Inc.’s weekly blog “Discover Downtown Like Never Before.” Written from the house’s point of view (as a somewhat cranky 136 year old!), the blog takes a fun look at what makes the museum so unique.

Link to blog.


Media coverage

March 27, 2019

Hearthstone’s Executive Director George Schroeder spends an hour with Kathy Keene on WHBY’s "The Good Neighbor Show" to talk baseball, specifically Hearthstone’s upcoming exhibit on the early history of baseball in Wisconsin, and to take calls from listeners. George also covers other upcoming events including “Sunday is for Schubert,” a recital of Franz Schubert’s works set for May 19.

Link to podcast of interview.


Press release

March 7, 2019

Hearthstone Historic House Museum announces its “Shine Even Brighter” Capital Campaign with the goal of raising $500,000 for restoration of the exterior of its beautiful Queen Ann style Victorian residence. Key to the campaign is an anonymous donation of $100,000 that will be made once the campaign raises an additional $200,000.

Full text of press release.


Media coverage

March 1, 2019

Executive Director George Schroeder spends an hour on-air with Kathy Keene, host of "The Good Neighbor Show" on WHBY to talk about upcoming events at Hearthstone, including Mystery at the Mansion and Tráthnóna Érie, an afternoon of Irish music as well as the just completed restoration of the 1882 bathroom. George also takes calls from listeners and discusses topics such as Victorian butler’s pantries and how, surprisingly, electric toasters help lead to women’s suffrage.


Media coverage

January 29, 2019

Kathy Keene, host of "The Good Neighbor Show" on WHBY, interviews and chats with Hearthstone's Executive Director George Schroeder on new restoration work at the museum (1882 bathroom), new displays in the children’s hands-on area, and the opening of this year’s Summer Exhibit “The Beginnings of Baseball in Wisconsin: 1860-1930.” George also takes questions from callers.

Link to podcast of interview.


Media coverage

December 19, 2018

Jordan Lamers from WFRV’s Local 5 Live morning show visits with Hearthstone’s volunteer Cheryl Theimer on Victorian traditions as part of the museum’s Victorian Christmas event. Heidi Scott, another museum volunteer, plays Christmas carols written during the Victorian era on the museum’s 1875 Kranich and Bach square grand piano. Also interviewed is George Schroeder, Hearthstone Historic House Museum’s Executive Director.

Link to videos.


Media coverage

December 4, 2018

Volunteer Emily Oehler and Executive Director George Schroeder are interviewed during two segments on FOX 11’s Good Day Wisconsin to talk about Victorian Christmas at Hearthstone Historic House Museum. They are joined by Heidi Scott playing Christmas carols written during the Victorian era on the museum’s 1875 Kranich and Bach square grand piano.

Link to videos.


Media coverage

December, 2018

Appleton Monthly’s Rebecca Zornow interviews George Schroeder, Hearthstone Historic House Museum’s Executive Director, for the December issue’s “Holiday Splendor” article. The brief review of Victorian Christmas summarizes, “Visiting the Hearthstone is an immersive event, filled with the smell of gingerbread, the sounds of live music, and the sight of extravagant Victorian decorations.”


Media coverage

November 28, 2018

George Schroeder, Hearthstone Historic House Museum’s Executive Director, joins WHBY’s Joey D. and Volunteer Fox Cities’ Kristen Cates to talk about Volunteer Fest, Hearthstone’s STEMIE initiative, and Victorian Christmas at Hearthstone.


Press release

November 9, 2018

Hearthstone Historic House Museum announces the musical line-up for its Friday night Victorian Christmas tours which have become a holiday tradition in Appleton.

Full text of press release.


Media coverage

November 8, 2018

WHBY News Director Mike Kemmeter interviews Executive Director George Schroeder on Hearthstone’s activities to mark Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I on November 11.


Media coverage

November 8, 2018

Oshkosh Northwestern writes about Hearthstone’s participation in local commemorations of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day marking the end of World War I.

Link to article.


Press release

November 6, 2018

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I, Hearthstone Historic House Museum announces it has organized a twitter re-enactment of the events leading-up to Armistice Day featuring local university students playing the roles of historic Appleton figures.  The re-enactment will culminate with the ringing of church bells across downtown Appleton at the time the Armistice took effect at 11 am on November, 11.

Full text of press release.


Media coverage

October 11, 2018

Oshkosh Northwestern covers volunteer Christine Williams and her passion for Hearthstone, history, and helping.

Link to article.


Media coverage

October 4, 2018

Hearthstone’s volunteers John Ciske and Emily Oehler and Executive Director George Schroeder are interviewed on WFRV’s Local 5 Live to share information on Haunted Hearthstone including a preview of the event.

Link to video.


Media coverage

October 4, 2018

Volunteers John Ciske and Emily Oehler and Executive Director George Schroeder are interviewed on FOX 11’s Good Day Wisconsin to talk about October’s Haunted Hearthstone event.

Link to video.


Press release

September 12, 2018

Hearthstone Historic House Museum announces the theme for its popular annual Halloween event. This year’s Haunted Hearthstone will be entitled “Sequential Killers: The Victorian Terror.” The theatrical production will take place each Friday night in October.

Full text of press release.


Hearthstone will host a second presentation by noted collector and author Frank Koffend on the History of Sport Fishing on September 13th. A presentation will also be made by special guest Arlan Carter, author of the book 19th Century Fishing Lures.

Full text of press release.

Press release

September 12, 2018


Media coverage

September 9, 2018

Kathy Keene interviews Hearthstone's Executive Director George Schroeder on "The Good Neighbor Show" on WHBY radio to talk about fishing presentation by Frank Koffend on the History of Sport Fishing, Friday night tours, Haunted Hearthstone, and Hearthstone’s STEMIE education initiative with the Appleton Area School District.


Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. announces that Hearthstone Historic House Museum is now the Wisconsin affiliate of the STEMIE Coalition.  Through its affiliation with STEMIE, Hearthstone will foster use of the organization’s K-12 “Invention Convention Curriculum presented by Black & Decker” in area schools.  The curricula layer upon basic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education the ideas of Invention and Entrepreneurship (STEM + I + E) to develop problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship, creativity, and communication.  Hearthstone's efforts are supported by the Bemis Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bemis Company.

Full text of press release.

Press release

August 21, 2018


Media coverage

July 5, 2018

Hearthstone volunteers Laura Kohlman and John Ciske appear in Victorian clothing with Lisa Malak on WFRV's Local 5 Live to talk about Hearthstone's Friday night tours.  Also interviewed is Hearthstone's Executive Director George Schroeder.

Link to video.


Press release

June 14, 2018

KID’S DAY WITH FISHERMAN FRANK.  Hearthstone Historic House Museum hosts a fun day of fishing activities, games, and stories for kids of all ages.

Full text of press release.


Media coverage

June 11, 2018

"He Has a Long List of Community Involvement," The Business News, Vol. 16, No. 3, June 11, 2018.  Article covering the volunteer efforts of Hearthstone's Executive Director, George Schroeder.


Press release

June 14, 2018

Hearthstone Historic House Museum's Flag Day Parade float comprises a classic wooden boat, two figures from Hearthstone's history, and highlights Hearthstone's international significance as the world's first home to be electrified using a hydroelectric central power station employing the Edison system.

Full text of press release.


Media coverage

June 8, 2018

Kathy Keene interviews Hearthstone's Executive Director George Schroeder on "The Good Neighbor Show" on WHBY radio to talk about the Flag Day Parade, Hearthstone's new exhibition on antique fishing lures, Friday night tours, new projects on the museum's grounds, and to take calls from listeners.