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.




Attention, Mothers & Grandmothers of Green Bay Metro (East) Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts:

Please join the Brown County Historical Society at Hazelwood Historic House on
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00am or 1:30pm

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 (Patch included)

Reservations are required.

Please call Brooke Uhl at 920-437-1840 OR email to register you and your Daisy or Brownie Girl Scout(s) today!

If Tombstone Could Talk School Cemetery Walk Day

Explore history on the beautiful grounds of Woodlawn Cemetery during
“If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery School Walk."

Brown County’s history comes to life through the stories of Woodlawn Cemetery’s past residents. Costumed actors illustrate the impact they made on history- locally, regionally and nationally. Students will gain an understanding of our community’s past and realize they have the ability to make an impact just like the leaders who came before them. 

Tuesday, May 15: 9:30-11:30 am and 12:30-2:30 p.m.
(Alternate date if it rains: Friday, May 18th, with same times)

(One teacher and two chaperones are free with every 25 students
– additional adults are charged a fee of $3.50 each.)

For more information or to sign-up, please contact Brooke at 920-437-1840 or email

History Treasure Tour

Wednesday, May 16, 2018; 4:00-8:00pm

Fourteen Brown County historical organizations will open their doors free to the public for the fourth annual History Treasure Tour. Revealing many of the community’s “hidden” historical 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.

Downtown Walking Tour 2018

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.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Reservations are requested
To reserve your spot as an individual or as a group please call:
This is a guided tour that takes place outdoors, please dress accordingly.
The tour begins at Hazelwood Historic House, located at 1008 S. Monroe Avenue Green Bay WI 54301

Upcoming Events 2018

May 5th: My Gal and Me Tea Party (Girl Scouts), 10:00-11:30am  or 1:30-3:00p.m.
$15/Person; Reservations Required*
(For Daisy & Brownie Girl Scouts, Moms & Grandmas of Green Bay Metro [East])

May 15th: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery School Walk, 9:30-11:30am &12:30-2:30pm
(Alternate date if it rains: Friday, May 18th, with same times)
(One teacher and two chaperones are free with every 25 students
– additional adults are charged a fee of $3.50 each.)
Reservations Required 

May 16th: History Treasure Tour, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Free to the Public
Sponsored By: Brown County Federation of History Organizations

May 19th: Downtown Walking Tour, 9:30am-Noon
$10/Person; Reservations Requested
Starts at Hazelwood Historic House

June 13th & 14th: If Tombstones Could Talk: Fort Howard Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.
June 23rd: Midsummer Night's at Hazelwood, TBA

July 5-August 31st: Fashioning Our Identity: 200 Years of Style Exhibit at Hazelwood, Thurs.-Sun. Noon-4:00pm.
July 21st: Faeries and Wizards Faire, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.

August 1st & 2nd: If Tombstones Could Talk: Allouez Catholic Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.
August 16th: Membership Picnic*, 4:00 p.m.
*(Become a Member and Join us)
August 18th: Fashioning Our Identity: Afternoon Tea, 1:00--3:00 p.m.
August 25th: History Tour Road Rally, 9:00am-4:00pm

September 5th & 6th: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.
September 8th: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 4:00 p.m.
September 22: If These Homes Could Talk: Astor Neighborhood Walking tour, 10:00am

October 4th: Dining with the Dead, TBA
October 6th & 13th: Haunted Hazelwood, 4:30-9:00 p.m.

November 30th: Hazelwood Holiday Tea, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

December 1st: Hazelwood Holiday Tea, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
December 8th & 15th: Ethnic Christmas, 11:00 a.m.--7:00 p.m.

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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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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