Brown County Historical Society

The Brown County Historical Society was officially founded as the Green Bay Historical Society on October 21, 1899 by a dedicated group of local historians. Throughout its long history, BCHS members have been active in preserving historic buildings, conducting research, providing information to the public, and stimulating interest in the complex multi-cultural heritage of the area.

Today the Society is as vital as ever. Its projects include advocacy for historical preservation, educational outreach, publications, operation of a historic house museum, and as a historical resource to the community.

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Aldo Leopold School, Green Bay

SAVED-The original St. Joseph's Academy high school building in Green Bay has since been surrounded by a 1960s wing to the east and a 1970s gymnasium to the southwest. More recent construction started with a modern Phase 1 addition to the south. Phase 2 plans call for demolition of the original building to make room for more new construction on the crowded site.

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Join Us

Join the Brown County Historical Society and Receive:

A subscription to Voyageur:  Northeast Wisconsin's Historical Review, the colorful, award-winning magazine about the history of northeastern Wisconsin, published twice per year.

The Historical Bulletin, published four times per year, which contains articles of historical interest, information about Society activities, and notices about local history activities and events.

Free admission to Hazelwood Historic House Museum, one of the state's most significant historic homes, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Invitations to Society special events, activities and exhibits, including the annual membership picnic and the Society's annual meeting.

The opportunity to work with other local history buffs on a variety of projects-from guiding visitors through Hazelwood, to helping to identify and preserve historic properties, to helping out with special events.


COVID-19 Update:

Hazelwood is Back!


As of July 15, 2020, Hazelwood Historic House is open for in person, timed reservation-based tours.  Join us Wednesday-Saturday. from 12:00-4:00 PM

To keep our guests and staff safe the following protocols will be implemented:

  • Reservations are required and will include only one party of up to 10 guests each hour to ensure social distancing guidelines are properly followed, keeping the safety of employees and guests as the top priority

  • Tours will take place on the hour from 12:00-3:00PM

  • Guests and staff will be required to wear face masks.

  • The Historical Society will adhere to significantly increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and sanitation stations will be available.

  • Staff and guests who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay at home.

  • Ticket price is $5.00/Person. Brown County Historical Society members are free. Children ages 5 & younger are free.

  • To sign up for a tour, Click Here!


 Upcoming Events: 

August 2020:



A Celebration of the 19th Amendment

Saturday, August 1, 2020
1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Join the Brown County Historical Society at Hazelwood Historic House as we host Votes For Women: A Celebration of the 19th Amendment!   Enjoy a delicious dessert and a refreshing cup of lemonade or hot or cold tea in Hazelwood’s beautiful backyard.  Participate in the program led by the League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay as they discuss fighting for women’s right to vote during the early 20th century in Green Bay!


In addition, the American Association of University Women Green Bay Area Branch’s book: Women of Northeastern Wisconsin Dreamers and Doers, Volume II will be available for purchase at $20.00. This publication includes both historical and contemporary women who have made contributions to the broader community.

Rain Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020: 1:30-3:30 PM

$25.00 per person
Limited to 24 people to guarantee Social Distancing
Event will be held under tents in Hazelwood’s backyard 

Advanced Reservation is required due to limited seating.
Please call 920-437-1840
Or Email Brooke Uhl at to make your reservation!


 35 Person 30 BCHS Members 15 Kids Ages 5 15

Saturday, August 8, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration is from 9:00 -10:00 AM at
Bay Beach Amuseument Park--West End Parking Lot
1313 Bay Beach Rd
Green Bay, WI 54302

$30/BCHS Members
$10/Kids (Ages 5-15)

Click to sign up on: Eventbrite 
Download and Print the Registration Form
Send to BCHS P.O. Box 1411 Green Bay, WI 54305

Fill up your gas tanks, start your engines, and join us for the Roaring 20s Road Rally! Gather the gang and step back into the 1920s and explore back roads, city streets, and unique locations in Brown County. Teams win prizes by solving clues, playing games, taking selfies, and completing challenges.  Enjoy the scenery and discover history! 

Each location requires a selfie, so be sure to bring along a smart phone! We encourage you to dress up in 1920's flair, but not required!

In order to be considered for the Selfie Prize, please make sure to upload your photos to Social Media. You MUST tag us in your post in order to be considered!

Instagram: @hazelwoodhistorichouse



Don't forget to add #RR20 to your posts!


We are still working to finalize details of the event based on current COVID-19 Guidelines. We are committed to protect the safety and health of our participants. 

With that in mind, we encourage teams to pack a picnic lunch for the event! Scroll down to see local business discounts!

Please note: Although this is a Road Rally, many of the locations you are going to will require walking in order to solve clues and complete challenges.

Due to COVID-19, we are not able to gather for food at the end of the Roaring 20's Road Rally. However, we are working with local businesses to provide discounts for your lunch stop.

Special Thanks to: 

The River Coffee and Cream in Wrightstown who is providing a 15% discount when participants show their wristbands on the day of the event. 

Fox Pizza Den in Wrightstown is also providing a 15% discount when participants show their writstbands on the day of the event.

D & G Restaurant in Greenleaf will provide a discount for lunch as well! In addition, if you are not comfortable in sitting in the restaurant, you can order luncheon boxes to go! The luncheon boxes have a choice of sandwich, either pasta or potato salad, fresh fruit, and a cookie or bar dessert! You will need to order ahead of time. We will have the coupon and information in the trivia packet on how to contact them the day of the Roaring 20's Road Rally!


Rock The Dock Contest

Rock the Dock Green Bay 360VR & Community Home Health Care #HolidayGivingCampaign

Brown County Historical Society is proud to participate in this years Rock the Dock Green Bay 360 VR!

Please consider supporting us through the contest. A $50 entry fee gives you a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card and a chance to WIN one of the $80,000 in prizes. With your support through the entry fee, 10% of the profit will come back to Brown County Historical Society! Click to enter today!

Be sure to join Rock the Dock Green Bay 360 VR event online on August 29th from 4:00-9:00 PM! 

Upcoming Events 2020:
All Events are tentative due to COVID-19.

CANCELLED--July 25: Faeries & Wizards Fest, 11:00-2:00 PM

August 1: Votes for Women: A Celebration of the 19th Amendment, 1:30-3:30 PM
August 4 & 5: If Tombstones Could Talk: Allouez Catholic Cemetery--Virtual
August 8: Roaring 20s Road Rally, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

September 1: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery—inside, 6:00 PM
September 2 & 3: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery—outside, 6:00 PM
September 12: Historic 1880 Fire Walking Tour with David Siegel, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
September 19: If These Homes Could Talk: Astor Neighborhood Walk

October 9, 10, 16 & 17: Haunted Hazelwood: CLUE!, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

December 4 & 5: Hazelwood Holiday Tea, 1:00-3:00 PM
December 11: Hazelwood Holiday Event, 4:00-7:00 PM
December 12 & 19: Hazelwood Holiday Event, 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Please check back regularly for updates on our upcoming events!






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Northeast Wisconsin's Historical Review

Voyageur is a nonprofit magazine about the history of a 26-county area of greater Northeast Wisconsin. It's published twice a year, each June and December. Each 64-page edition highlights historic people, places and events from the region's past. Voyageur has a readership of 10,000, and is distributed to homes, schools, libraries, businesses and other locations throughout Wisconsin, in nearly all fifty states and overseas. Voyageur has published two issues a year since its beginning in 1984. The magazine is published by the Brown County Historical Society in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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For more than 100 years, the Brown County Historical Society has been working to preserve, present, and share the heritage of Brown County, Wisconsin.

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