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 five 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.


School Tours:

Hazelwood Spring Tours Poster

Hazelwood School Tours

Students visiting Hazelwood Historic House and learn about life in early Green Bay through artifacts and stories of the Morgan L Martin family and discover Martin’s involvement in Wisconsin Statehood. Students will have the opportunity to embark on a walk in the Astor Historic District Neighborhood and discover the unique architecture and history of the area. Using historic maps students will discover the changes along the banks of the Fox River, the rivers importance to early settlers and to a growing community.

If Tombstones Could Talk School Cemetery Walk Day Poster

If Tombstones Could Talk: School Cemetery Walk Day

Explore history on the beautiful grounds of Woodlawn Cemetery during “If Tombstones Could Talk”  School Cemetery Day.

 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. 


To sign-up, please call 920-437-1840!

Upcoming Events 2017

April 22nd: Girl Scout's Digital Photography
Badge Program, in Partnership with
Brown County Library, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (At Central Library)

May 13th: Downtown Walking Tour, 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
May 17th: Treasure Tour, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
May 23rd: If Tombstones Could Talk: School Cemetery Walk Day, 9:30-11:00 a.m. and 12:30-2:00 p.m.

June 14th & 15th: Fort Howard Cemetery Walk, 6:30 p.m.

July 29th: Fairies and Wizards: Family Faire, 1:00 -3:30 p.m.

August 2nd & 3rd: Allouez Catholic Cemetery Walk, 6:30 p.m.

September 6th & 7th: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.
September 9th: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 4:00 p.m.
September 23rd: If These Homes Could Talk: Astor Neighborhood Walking Tour, TBA

October 7th & 14th: Haunted Hazelwood, 5:00-9:00 p.m. 

December 1st & 2nd: Hazelwood Holiday Tea, 1:00 -3:00 p.m.
December 9th & 16th: Hazelwood Ethnic Christmas, 12-4;5-8 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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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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