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Mon, Nov 06


Hearthstone House

Hearthstone House

What's the big deal about an old house? We're glad you asked! The Hearthstone House is the first residence in the US to be powered by hydroelectricity.

Hearthstone House
Hearthstone House

Time & Location

Nov 06, 2023, 9:45 AM – 11:35 AM CST

Hearthstone House, 625 W Prospect Ave, Appleton, WI 54911, USA


About the Event

Hearthstone Historic House was the first private residence anywhere in the world to be illuminated using hydroelectricity from a central Edison system.  The switch was thrown on September 30, 1882 only two weeks after the first-ever Edison central station, which was powered by steam, was operational in New York City.

The residence still contains the original Edison electroliers, original light switches, and some of the world's only examples of original Edison wiring in situ. ("In Situ" is often used as an archeological term. Look it up and be amazed as you tour the house!) 

9:45 - Gather (This is the time to pay for guests and get into groups of approximately 10.)

10:00 to 11:00ish - Tour

11:00 to 11:30 - Questions and Depart

Registration Deadline - Sunday, October 29

WISE covers the cost of all WISE students and one parent/guardian. 

This museum has limited space. Please limit your GUESTS to children in the family who are not in WISE, other adults in the family, and caregivers.

Adult non-WISE Guests: $6/each

Children non-WISE Guests: $3.50/each

Cash or Check will be collected in the parking lot before the tour.

While we hope that everyone who registers is able to attend, we know that sometimes things happen. Please inform us at least 48 hours in advance if you are unable to attend.

If the event is closed, contact Kari to be put on the wait list. If there are not enough tickets for your entire group, register with the availalbe tickets and contact Kari immediately to request additional spots.

Email or text Kari Prokop:



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