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.


Upcoming Events:

Following Governor Evers announcement of non-essential businesses across the state to close to slow the spread of COVID-19, Brown County Historical Society and Hazelwood Historic House is temporarily closing, until the restrictions are lifted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Upcoming Events 2020:

May 16: Downtown Walking Tour, 9:00 AM

June 1: If Tombstones Could Talk: Fort Howard Cemetery Walk—inside, 6:00 PM
June 2 & 3: If Tombstones Could Talk: Fort Howard Cemetery Walk—outside, 6:00 PM
June 20: Historic 1880 Fire Walking Tour with David Siegel, 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM

July 25: Faeries & Wizards Fest, 11:00-2:00 PM
Thursday-Sunday, July 30-August 9: "We Stand on Their Shoulders:" A History of Wisconsin Women and
Voting Exhibit, 12:00 - 4:00 PM

August 1: Votes for Women: A Celebration of the 19th Amendment, 1:00-3:00 PM
August 8: Signs of the Time: Slogans of the Suffragettes (A Board of Distinction Workshop), 10:00 AM - Noon
August 4 & 5: If Tombstones Could Talk: Allouez Catholic Cemetery—outside, 6:00 PM
August 15: 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
TBA: 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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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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