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 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.



Pinkies Down Flyer

Pinkie’s Down: A Victorian Etiquette Tea

May 4, 2018--SOLD OUT

Attention, Mothers & Grandmothers of Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts:

Please join the Brown County Historical Society at Hazelwood Historic House on Saturday, April 6 & May 4, 2019 at 1:00PM for “Pinkie’s Down: A Victorian Etiquette Tea”

Guests will get a lesson in Victorian Etiquette while enjoying scrumptious foods and tea. Then, with their etiquette knowledge in hand, guests will travel upstairs into Hazelwood to make calling cards & learn the art of the fan as well as get a tour of Hazelwood Historic House.

Cost: $15/Person
Badge Included
Reservations Required
*Must register with AT LEAST one Daisy or Brownie Girl Scout

To register, please call 920-437-1840
Or E-mail us at


Downtown Walking Tour 2019

Downtown Walking Tour

May 11th, 9:30am-12:00pm--SOLD OUT

Discover Green Bay’s intriguing history by participating in the Brown County Historical Society’s Downtown Walking Tour. Travel through time and explore Historic Astor Neighborhood and Downtown Green Bay. Journey along the Fox River and learn about Green Bay’s rich culture. Link street names and monuments to famous individuals, all while hearing compelling stories about Green Bay’s founders.

The tour begins at Hazelwood Historic House.
This is a guided tour that takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly. 

$10.00 – Individuals
Reservations are requested
To reserve your spot as an individual or as a group please call:
Or E-mail us at



History Treasure Tour

Wednesday, May 15, 2019; 4-8 PM

Sixteen Brown County historical organizations will open their doors FREE TO THE PUBLIC for the Fifth Annual History Treasure Tour!

Revealing many of the community's "hidden" treasures, this relaxed event encourages the public - including students and families - to explore Brown County's rich historical past, while enjoying fun, hands-on activities, special behind-the-scenes tours, and exclusive access to expert staff in unique historical environments.

Participating organizations are as follows:
Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum of History and Culture
The Automobile Gallery
Brown County Historical Society Hazelwood Historic House
De Pere Historical Society White Pillars Museum
Green Bay & De Pere Antiquarian Society
Green Bay Diocese Museum
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Heritage Hill State Park
Historic Allouez Society
National Railroad Museum
Neville Public Museum
Northeast Wisconsin Masonic Library & Museum
Oneida Nation Museum
UW Green Bay Archives & Area Research Center
UW Green Bay Richter Museum of Natural History
UW Green Bay Viking House


June:If Tombstones Could Talk Ft Howard 2019

“If Tombstones Could Talk: Triumph & Tragedy”

Fort Howard Memorial Park

June 11, 12, and 13, 6:00 PM

Brown County Historical Society’s “If Tombstones Could Talk” 2019 season begins at Fort Howard Memorial Park.  The theme for the season is “Triumph & Tragedy” and the characters visitors will meet represent a wide range of time-periods and difference stances.  Once these folks walked, laughed, worked, and contributed to our community. Now they are a memory of yesterday. Take a step back to their time and hear their stories of how these historic residents of Green Bay made great triumphs and overcame tragedies!

On Tuesday, June 11, we will host “If Tombstones Could Talk” inside the Fort Howard Chapel. This event is for those who have difficulty walking in the cemetery. Reservations are required due to limited seating.

On Wednesday & Thursday, June 12 & 13, “If Tombstones Could Talk” will take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Lightweight portable lawn chairs are welcome.

Sponsored by:
Brown County Historical Society & Fort Howard Memorial Park

$8.00 – Individuals
$18.00 – Families (2 adults with up to 4 children 16 & under)

Reservations Requested
To reserve your spot as an individual or group, please call
920-437-1840 Or E-mail us at

Upcoming Events 2019

May 4: Pinkies Down: A Victorian Etiquette Tea --3 Spots Left
(For Daisy & Brownie Girl Scouts and their Moms & Grandmas), 1-3PM
May 11: Downtown Walking Tour, 9:30AM-- SOLD OUT
May 15: History Treasure Tour, 4-8PM

June 11, 12, & 13: If Tombstones Could Talk: Fort Howard Cemetery, 6PM
June 22, 2019: Secrets of the Victorians, 1-3PM; 5-7PM

July 27: Faeries and Wizards Festival, 11AM-3PM

August 3: Tea, 1-3PM
August 7 & 8: If Tombstones Could Talk: Allouez Catholic Cemetery Walk, 6PM
August 17, 2019: BCHS Road Rally, 9AM

September 4 & 5: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery, 6PM
September 7: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery, 4PM
September 21: If These Homes Could Talk: Astor Walking Tour, 10 AM

October: 5, 11, & 12: Haunted Hazelwood, 5-8PM

November 15 & 16: Hazelwood Harvest Tea, 1-3PM

December 7 & 14: Christmas at Hazelwood, 11AM-7PM

Please check back regularly for updates on our upcoming events!






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Voyageur Magazine


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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Brown County Historical Society History

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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