Sen. Joseph McCarthy exhibit opens Saturday at History Museum at the Castle

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APPLETON — The History Museum at the Castle, 330 E. College Ave., invites the public to tour the museum free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as it opens a new exhibit on Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

The permanent exhibit, “Why McCarthy?” includes a bronze bust of the late Republican senator, who would have been 101 years old Saturday. Visitors can use a touch-activated screen to view historic images and learn about McCarthy’s life and career.

Born and raised in the Appleton area, McCarthy became the figurehead of anti-communist persecutions in the 1950s. An icon of the Cold War era, his controversial role in the Red Scare led to the blacklisting of hundreds of Americans.

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