Outagamie County History Museum

The Outagamie County History Museum focuses mostly on Appleton WI’s most famous claimed son, Harry Houdini, with a mention of another famed native, Joe McCarthy.

Here are some photos from a visit to the museum.

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The Museum

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A display on the history of the bicycle, with an 1869 Velocipede below and a 2015 Fattywompus above

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Early 19th-century paper-making shop

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1925 newspaper composing room

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1941 doctor’s examination room

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1898 residential bathroom. It has both a chamber pot/commode and a “modern” flush toilet.

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Bronze bust of Sen Joe McCarthy

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A display on the life of Harry Houdini. Houdini sometimes claimed to have been born in Appleton WI, but he was more likely born in Budapest and moved to Wisconsin as a child.

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A set of Houdini’s lockpicks

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Straightjacket used in one of his escapes

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