Geniuses of Oshkosh ends Oct 16

Museum to host Night Whispers event in October and Paranormal Lecture on October 29

The Geniuses of Oshkosh exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum commemorates the 100th anniversary since the unfortunate passing of well-known sculptor Helen Farnsworth Mears, one of America’s most promising artists. Artifacts and images from the Museum’s collections, and on loan from museums and collectors, introduce visitors to Mears and other geniuses who found Oshkosh the perfect location to foster their creativity.

Who are these geniuses? One was a young mechanic who built a submarine in Oshkosh, and performed the test run on the Fox River right down the middle of town. Another was a brilliant businessman and amateur astronomer who is credited for the discovery of a new Variable star and documenting a snow storm on Mars, in addition to his tireless efforts to help establish the Oshkosh Public Museum in the early 1900s. Two local photographers who pioneered different methods that forever changed how images are viewed are also introduced, along with many other Oshkosh geniuses.

Geniuses of Oshkosh will be on view at the Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Boulevard, until October 16. The Museum will also host Night Whispers during the month of October, a nighttime guided walking tour through the Museum augmented with stories of ghosts reported to haunt Oshkosh. Tours are offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The cost is $15 per person, $12 for Museum Members. Tickets are selling fast and must be purchased in advance online at

Tim Maile, local paranormal investigator and founder of Fox Cities Paranormal Team, and John Cassidy, a psychic medium from Michigan and founder of Bumps in the Night Paranormal Research, will give a paranormal lecture at the Museum on Saturday, October 29, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets for each 90-minute lecture are $20 per person and can be purchased online at All proceeds will benefit the Oshkosh Public Museum and Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

Regular hours at the Oshkosh Public Museum are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the Museum’s exciting events and exhibits, visit, call 920.236.5799 or email

About the Oshkosh Public Museum:

The Oshkosh Public Museum is a non-profit regional history museum, an amazing resource for research and discovery of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago region, entrusted with the care of more than 300,000 collections and historical documents representing the history, culture and heritage of the region. The Museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The Museum is operated for the public good in part through City of Oshkosh tax levy funding, but a significant portion of annual funding must be raised through donations and fees, including admissions and membership support. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Museum brings history to life through quality exhibitions, special programs and publications, and engaging guests in ways that inspire discovery.

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