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Our Sesquicentennial Events

There's much to see here and participate in. So, look around and plan to celebrate with us. We hope you enjoy our community! QUICK LINKS BELOW:

JANUARY 2024

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THE GREAT BUTTON HUNT
January through December, 2024

Collecting Menasha Sesquicentennial buttons is a fun, interactive experience where button hunters can earn collectable buttons from Menasha businesses, non-profits and other organizations. 

 

To start, purchase your custom-printed Menasha Sesquicentennial lanyard from Menasha City Hall (2nd floor Park & Rec Dept) for $1.50 each. 

For details, please click HERE

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MENASHA HISTORY TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Friday, January 19, 2024  -  7:30PM

Elisha D. Smith Menasha Library

Company E Room (Downstairs)

Explore notable City of Menasha events, people and businesses - and test your own local knowledge.

 

Join us for great fun for Menasha's first Sesquicentennial event during our 150th year celebration. 

Pizza slices will be provided by Parker John's BBQ and Pizza, our event sponsor. Plus, winners may win Parker John's gift cards, or a few curious objects provided by the Menasha Historical Society.

FEBRUARY 2024

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SPEED PUZZLE COMPETITION
February 3rd, 2024

Gather your friends and compete against other teams to see who can complete a 1000-piece Menasha-themed jigsaw puzzle the fastest. 

The jigsaw puzzle competition consists of teams of up to 4 people. Each competitor will receive a 1.25" Speed Puzzle button. Each team keeps the puzzle. Prizes will be awarded. 

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MENASHA SAVES LIVES
Monday, February 19, 2024
Menasha Public Library 2-5pm 

Help us collect 150 pints of blood to celebrate 150 years of Menasha History. There will be multiple collection dates throughout the year to help us achieve our goal.

 

Appointments are recommended.  Call the Community Blood Center  800.280.4102 or contact the library at 920.967.369. The mobile unit will be parked on the north side of the parking lot.

CLICK HERE to see our progress and all available locations to donate. 

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BANJO-JO's PAINTING PARTY
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Catch Fire Creations 4-7pm 

"Banjo Joe" Gazecki was born in 1888. He was a self-taught banjoist, the owner of the Bungalow Bicycle Shop (Racine Street) and built/raced bikes and cars. 

Catch Fire Creations has recreated the 1913 Banjo-Jo derby car for you! The wheels roll, the cover comes off the engine and the tires are made of rubber. The size of the car is 5.375" long and 1.875" tall. Come see it in person. 

 

You can purchase the derby car unpainted to take home or you can join us at one of the two Painting Parties. Max of 20 persons per event.

All ages welcome!

Cost: $14/car. No cost to join the painting party. Register by calling us at (920) 486-1005 or email us at contact@catchfirecreationsllc.com

Pre-Orders welcome. 

MARCH 2024

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SESQUICENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY
Menasha City Hall, 1st Floor
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 12pm

Everyone is invited to a Menasha Sesquicentennial Birthday Party in the first floor conference room of Menasha City Hall. The one-hour program starts at noon.

 

The event includes proclamations read by Mayor Merkes, music played by the Menasha High School band, a visit from our first mayor (O. J. Hall) and ends with Manderfields's cake and free buttons. 

CLICK HERE for details of the Birthday Party.

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WALTER BROS BEER RELEASE
Bare Bones Brewery & MORE!
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

In collaboration with OshkoshBeerBlog.com, Bare Bones Brewing proudly announces the release of the Walter Bros beer.  CLICK HERE FOR HISTORY

Menasha bars/restaurants have the opportunity to pre-order draft or cans by February 29th to have their order by Menasha's Birthday (March 5). 

Residents can purchase cases at Bare Bones Brewery. CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM

Gold Label Beer is available at the following locations (alphabetically): 

  • Bare Bones Brewery - Cans / Tap - 226 Main St

  • Club Liquor - Cans - 234 Main Street

  • Jitters - On Tap - 23 Main Street

  • Parker John's BBQ - Cans - 124 Main Street

  • Plank Road Pub - Cans - 800 Plank Road

  • Prime Time Bar - Cans - 1150 Valley Road

  • Rella's Bar - Cans - 1151 Valley Road

  • Rusted Roost Restaurant - Tap - 192 Main Street

  • Wilzke's Pub - Cans - 528 Milwaukee Street

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SESQUICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT
Sunday, March 10, 2024
1pm - 4pm 

Hiram Smith Octagon House
347 Smith Street, Neenah

The Menasha and Neenah Historical Societies have partnered to create an exhibit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of our cities.

 

This exhibit features a historical overview of the people, places and things that make Neenah and Menasha special.

Light refreshments will be served and buttons will be handed out to each attendee. If you have questions, email the Menasha Historical Society at menashahistorical@yahoo.com or call 920-840-4373

APRIL 2024

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$1.50 BUTTERMILK PANCAKES
Third Street Diner
300 Depere Street, Menasha
***For the Month of April***

 

To celebrate Menasha's 150th anniversary, our homemade buttermilk pancakes are $1.50 each for the month of April. Takeout orders are included. 

NOTE: Potato pancakes are not included.

Our Hours: 

Monday  6am - 2pm 

Tuesday  6am - 2pm 

Wednesday  6am - 2pm 

Thursday  6am - 2pm 

Friday  6am - 7pm (late hours!) 

Saturday  6am - 2pm 

Sunday  6am - 2pm 

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MENASHA INDEPENDENT CLEANUP
Starts April 1, 2024

This event starts April 1st and goes until the buttons are GONE (350 buttons available). Earn your 1.25" "Don't Be a Litter Monster!" button by volunteering to pick up trash in Menasha. You, by yourself, or with friends and/or family choose an area to pick up trash.

 

When done, take a picture of your team with your trash and email it, with your address, team names, and where you cleaned to Menasha150@gmail.com. We will deliver the buttons to you. Let us know if you need a Community Service Hours form. 

Submitted Photos will be posted. CLICK HERE.

Now for the RULES!

  1. Public property only (or places that give you permission first!). Yes, you can clean city trails, streets and parks.

  2. Do not clean along highways or high-traffic areas. We don't want you getting injured!

  3. No picking up dead animals.

  4. If there are sharp objects such as glass or metal shards, do not use your hands. Use a tool such as a shovel or grabber to pick it up.

  5. For large objects such as tires, furniture, etc. Take a picture of it and email it, with the specific location to DotyIsland@gmail.com. We will work with the City of Menasha to see if they can help us get rid of it.

  6. If you come across a hypodermic needle, call the Menasha Police Non-Emergency phone number at 920-967-3500

If you have questions, please text Jacy Park, Doty Island President, at 920-479-0894 between the hours of 1pm and 6pm. See less

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MENASHA SAVES LIVES
Monday, April 15, 2024
Menasha Public Library 2-5pm 

Help us collect 150 pints of blood to celebrate 150 years of Menasha History. There will be multiple collection dates throughout the year to help us achieve our goal.

 

Appointments are recommended.  Call the Community Blood Center  800.280.4102 or contact the library at 920.967.369. The mobile unit will be parked on the north side of the parking lot.

CLICK HERE to see our progress and all available locations to donate. 

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150 TREES FOR ARBOR DAY
SMITH PARK, MENASHA
Friday, April 26th, 2024 - 9am

The public is invited to celebrate Menasha's Arbor Day celebration. Mayor Merkes will be handing out Menasha Arbor Day buttons to attendees (150 available).  

 

The annual celebration and tree planting signifies an opportunity to educate and inspire residents about the importance, value and love of trees.

 

The event will kick off with the planting of two ceremonial trees at Smith Park:  

  • The city of Menasha will plant a Burr Oak to commemorate their 150th anniversary.

  • Menasha Corporation will plant White Oak (the trees they used to make their first barrels) to commemorate their 175th anniversary.

 

After the planting of the ceremonial trees, youth from Menasha, along with community volunteers will work along-side the Parks, Recreation & Forestry employees to plant trees at an in the neighborhood near Smith Park. 

If you would like to volunteer to plant trees after the ceremony, please email parknrec@menashawi.gov

Here's the city's website: CLICK HERE

MAY 2024
Architectural History Month

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HISTORIC HOUSE HUNT
May 2024

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of our city, the Sesquicentennial Committee is partnering with the Menasha Historical Society to highlight houses of historical significance in our community. 

We are Menasha - traditionally a blue collar city. For the most part, industrialists and prominent merchants lived amongst their neighbors. For this reason, a house does not need to be a classic beauty to have an interesting story behind it. 

There are more hidden gems than there are signs, but we chose some of the most captivating houses that were once owned by prominent citizens or have interesting features. We hope you enjoy our choices. 

Check back for more information as details are finalized.  

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DOWNTOWN HISTORY WALK
Saturday, May 11th, 2024

The Menasha Landmarks Commission will be hosting History Walk focusing on four businesses in downtown Menasha. 

The Landmarks Commission will be handing out a History Walk Button to the first 150 attendees. 

Pictured: A photo of the First National Bank of Menasha in 1961. The columns were removed in 2014 and are now located on the Mill Street waterfront. 

Check back for more information as details are finalized.  

JUNE 2024

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MENASHA SAVES LIVES
Menasha Senior Center
June 14th, 2024 - 8am to 11am

Help us collect 150 pints of blood to celebrate 150 years of Menasha History. 

 

Enter the Menasha Senior Center at the Main Street door. A collectible “Menasha Saves Lives!” button will be given to the first 150 participants.

Additional dates for donation locations will be posted as they are scheduled. 
CLICK HERE for the registration link. CLICK HERE to see our progress and all available locations to donate. 

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MENASHA SAVES LIVES
Monday, June 17, 2024
Menasha Public Library 2-5pm 

Help us collect 150 pints of blood to celebrate 150 years of Menasha History. There will be multiple collection dates throughout the year to help us achieve our goal.

 

Appointments are recommended.  Call the Community Blood Center  800.280.4102 or contact the library at 920.967.369. The mobile unit will be parked on the north side of the parking lot. CLICK HERE to see our progress and all available locations to donate. 

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OPENING RECEPTION of 
VISUAL PERSPECTIVES OF MENASHA
AYLWARD GALLERY 
Tuesday, June 18, 2024   
5pm-7pm 

Join us at Alyward Gallery located at the UW-Oshkosh-Fox Cities Campus for the launch of the Visual Perspectives of Menasha art exhibition.

 

The UWO Fox Cities Aylward Gallery and the City of Menasha are hosting an exhibition honoring the City of Menasha, "Your Place on the Water".  Artists will display Menasha's past, present and/or future using their artistic mediums. 

 

Check back for more information as details are finalized.  

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CELEBRATE MENASHA 150
June 21-22, 2024

Join us Friday and Saturday in downtown Menasha to celebrate! 

DAZZLING DRONES LIGHT SHOW

The first of its kind in the Fox Cities! Both Friday and Saturday starting at dusk. 

TOP-RATED TRIBUTE BANDS

Friday Night - Hot Rod Huey & the B-Sides.

Facebook Link:  HERE

Saturday Night - Project Pink

Website Link: HERE

Check back updates. 

JULY 2024

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VISUAL PERSPECTIVES OF MENASHA
AYLWARD GALLERY
June 20 - August 15, 2024

The UWO Fox Cities Aylward Gallery and the City of Menasha are hosting an exhibition honoring the City of Menasha, "Your Place on the Water".  Artists will display Menasha's past, present and/or future using their artistic mediums. 

 

Gallery Hours are:

Monday-Thursday 7am - 10pm 

Friday: 7am - 5pm 

AUGUST 2024

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VISUAL PERSPECTIVES OF MENASHA
AYLWARD GALLERY
June 20 - August 15, 2024

The UWO Fox Cities Aylward Gallery and the City of Menasha are hosting an exhibition honoring the City of Menasha, "Your Place on the Water".  Artists will display Menasha's past, present and/or future using their artistic mediums. 

 

Gallery Hours are:

Monday-Thursday 7am - 10pm 

Friday: 7am - 5pm 

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MENASHA SAVES LIVES
Monday, August 19, 2024
Menasha Public Library 2-5pm 

Help us collect 150 pints of blood to celebrate 150 years of Menasha History. There will be multiple collection dates throughout the year to help us achieve our goal.

 

Appointments are recommended.  Call the Community Blood Center  800.280.4102 or contact the library at 920.967.369. The mobile unit will be parked on the north side of the parking lot.

CLICK HERE to see our progress and all available locations to donate. 

OCTOBER 2024

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MENASHA SAVES LIVES
Monday, October 21, 2024
Menasha Public Library 2-5pm 

Help us collect 150 pints of blood to celebrate 150 years of Menasha History. There will be multiple collection dates throughout the year to help us achieve our goal.

 

Appointments are recommended.  Call the Community Blood Center  800.280.4102 or contact the library at 920.967.369. The mobile unit will be parked on the north side of the parking lot.

CLICK HERE to see our progress and all available locations to donate. 

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