Hearthstone has been at the forefront of preservation and interpretation of technology, history, art, and geography in our community since 1986.


Our Mission

Hearthstone Historic House Museum's mission is to preserve and interpret this unique intersection making it tangible, relevant, and meaningful to those around it.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
— Thomas A. Edison


Hearthstone Historic House Museum is operated by Friends of Hearthstone, Inc., a non-profit, publich 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.  The organization has an active and involved Board of Directors and Advisory Council.  While its paid staff includes an Executive Director and a Marketing Director, its drive comes from its over 100 passionate, energetic volunteers who put in over 10,000 hours annually to care for and interpret the history and art contained in the structure, its contents, and its grounds.

What We have Achieved so Far in 2019

  • Completion of Phase One of our $500,000 exterior restoration including rebuilding of all historic chimneys, a beautiful new roof, new gutters, and extensive new landscaping. Work was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

  • Restoration of the last interior space in the house occupied by the Rogers family - the kitchen - our stunning 1882 bath.

  • Tremendously successful Invention Convention pilot program with the Appleton Area School District.

  • A record number of general admission visitors.

  • Record funding levels for our endowment and reserve accounts.

Our board of directors, advisory council, staff

Our Board, Advisory Council, and Staff welcome your questions, comments, thoughts, and suggestions.

Advisory Council

  • Renee Boldt

  • Bev Harrington

  • Morgan Hogerty

  • Ann Kloehn

  • Ann Larson

  • Joan Rolfs

  • Robin Rolfs

  • Walter Rugland

Board of  Directors

  • Lisa Bennett

  • Maria Costello

  • Fred Hoida

  • Steve Jahnke

  • Jesse Lockstein

  • Antoinette Powell



  • George M. Schroeder
    Executive Director

  • Thomas Weiland
    Development Director


Our Founders

Our success at Hearthstone Historic House Museum could never have been accomplished without the vision of our founders - a vision that rivals that of Edison, Rodgers, Waters, and others who built Hearthstone.  At a time when historic preservation was often ignored, our founders came together in 1986 and strove with Edisonian determination to make a difference.  We are indebted to them.

  • Tim Rose

  • Ann Sager

  • Ken Sager

  • Don Sturtevant

  • Leonard Weis

  • Donna Weis

  • Harry Wendlandt

  • Mary Crain

  • Mary Ellen Ducklow

  • Sharon Fenlon

  • Don Herrling

  • Frank Issacson

  • Ann Kloehn

  • Cody Mares

  • Nancy Mills