Introduction to Menasha, Wisconsin
Menasha, Wisconsin, in Winnebago county, is 4 miles S of Appleton, Wisconsin and 84 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is part of the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah metropolitan statistical area. About 16,331 people live in Menasha.
Menasha was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The city derived its name from a Menominee word meaning "settlement on the island." James Doty, the second Territorial Governor of Wisconsin, first traveled through the area in 1820, and the U.S. Government purchased the land in 1831. The City of Menasha was incorporated in 1874.
Menasha and nearby Attractions
- Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
- Barlow Planetarium
- Outagamie Museum & Houdini Historical Center
- Weis Earth Science Museum
- Fox Cities Children’s Museum
- Plamann County Park
Things To Do In Menasha
The Houdini Historical Center, the Outagamie Museum & Houdini Historical Center and the Fox Cities Children’s Museum are all accessible from Menasha. Jefferson Park, Smith Park and Clovis Park are some of the local parks. Local churches include the Trinity Lutheran Church, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church and Saint John’s Polish Roman Catholic Church. Local festivals include the Community Fest, Polk County Fair, the Turtle Days Fall Harvest Festival, the Fox Jazz Fest and the Seafood Fest.
Outagamie County Regional is the nearest airport.
Menasha Higher Education
Fox Valley Technical College at Appleton, Moraine Park Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are some of the local colleges and universities.