Neenah Landmarks Commission protects Neenah’s historical resources by promoting their appreciation, use and preservation. The Commission was created in 1986 to support the efforts of private property owners and the public sector in the preservation and thoughtful redevelopment of the community’s historic and architectural resources.
The Commission normally meets at 5:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Neenah City Hall, second floor conference room. Past and future agendas and minutes can be found on the side bar calendar link. Public attendance is always welcome and should you have any questions or need additional information please contact the Commission at 920-886-6128.
The first settlement began in 1835 as a mission for the Menominee Indians. The Fox River’s ability to generate power attracted settlers to the area. Flour and lumber milling were the first industries to appear enabling commerce to thrive along the river. After the civil war, renewed economic vigor and the ability of rail transportation helped create a boom in local industry.
Neenah’s role in the Wisconsin paper industry began during this period and resulted in the formation of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1872. The success of numerous paper companies enabled the Neenah community to prosper and become a major player on the national landscape.
After the 1st World War, local industry diversified from manufacturing commodities such as wood pulp and paper to consumer products like facial tissue and wax paper. The stable economic environment produced commercial and residential neighborhoods that offered a unique combination of sophistication and elegance. The homes and businesses displayed remarkable craftsmanship and innovative design. These historic buildings represent a collection of work by some of Wisconsin’s most notable architects, and serve as a constant reminder of our rich heritage along with inspiration for the community spirit that continues today.
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