How Well Do You Know Your Hometown?

Wisconsin Hometown Stories by PBS Wisconsin with historic photo collage in background.

Depending on how long you’ve called Wisconsin home, you may consider yourself well-versed in its rich history. But as the PBS documentary Wisconsin Hometown Series brings to light, even lifelong residents of our local communities are discovering there’s more to learn. 

Since 2003, PBS Wisconsin has been sharing the state’s history one town at a time and is currently the only hometown series of its kind in the nation. Highlighting people, businesses, and pivotal events, the show has featured the backstory of several northeast Wisconsin communities, including the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Neenah-Menasha, and most recently, Appleton. 

In addition to the paper industry and Lawrence University, for which Appleton is well known, the upcoming episode highlights the area’s leading role in establishing residential hydroelectricity and extensive involvement in the civil rights movement. 

As a sponsor of the Appleton and Neenah-Menasha episodes, Community First values the incredible opportunity to share Wisconsin’s stories with viewers far and wide. The show’s producers work closely with local organizations and historians to determine which stories to tell and ensure all facts are represented accurately. In addition to airing on PBS Wisconsin television channels, all episodes are made available to watch worldwide on the PBS Wisconsin website.

Stream the Wisconsin Hometown Series: Appleton for free on the PBS Video App and at

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