History Museum at the Castle
Located in Appleton, Wisconsin and adjacent to Lawrence University, the History Museum at the Castle is housed in a former Masonic Temple that belonged to the Waverly Masonic Lodge. The building was constructed in 1923 in the Norman Revival style and was the only temple built in Appleton. Through its exhibits, artifacts, and education programs, the museum tells the social, cultural, and economic history of the Fox River Valley. Highlights include exhibits on the lives of two famous men from the area: Harry Houdini and Senator Joe McCarthy. The museum's collections and archival materials are available for research. In total, the museum contains 35,000 photographs, 20,000 artifacts, 2,000 volumes of published works, manuscripts, and maps. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.