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Grant helps tell Neenah-Menasha story

There will be two opportunities this week to get an advanced look at a Wisconsin Public Television documentary on the complicated history of Neenah and Menasha, produced with support of a Community Foundation grant.

The upcoming episode of “Wisconsin Hometown Stories” (which airs July 31) will be screened Wednesday, July 26, at Miron Construction’s Wenzler Training Center in Neenah and Thursday, July 27, at Menasha High School. Both showings begin at 7 p.m. The show’s director, producer and WPT’s director of education will discuss the making of the episode and plans for sharing the information in schools. People with questions about the screenings can call 920-832-4950.

The original series tells Wisconsin’s history “one town at a time.” Viewers will meet the people and hear the stories of various Wisconsin communities.

The documentary uses film, archival images and interviews with historians, local residents and experts to paint a picture of Neenah and Menasha as they competed and cooperated. This episode of the series produced by WPT and the Wisconsin Historical Society received a $10,000 Arts & Culture Partnership grant from the Community Foundation.

The episode, along with others highlighting cities around the state, will be available online at

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