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.


September 2019: 

 If These Homes Could Talk 2019

If These Homes Could Talk--SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 21, 2019; 9:30AM
Union Congregational Church
716 S Madison


If These Homes Could Talk: Self Guided Walking Tour 2019: 

The Astor Neighborhoods Association in Collaboration with the Brown County Historical Society present the 2019 “ If These Homes Could Talk” Self-guided walking Tour.

Stroll the streets of the Historic Astor Neighborhood to learn a little history and take in the unique architecture along the walk. Signage will be up for this Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22, 2019 for your viewing pleasure. Follow the map or make your own path! The ticketed Tour to view homes interiors sold out fast this year so see you next September!

Click here to download the "If These Homes Could Talk: Self Guided Walking Tour 2019" Map.


October 2019:

Haunted Hazelwood Clue 2019 Flyer

Haunted Hazelwood: CLUE!

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 5-8 PM
Friday, October 11, 2019, 5-8 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 5-8 PM

(Please Note: Tickets are Sold in Half Hour increments starting at 5:00 PM)
Times Slots Available:
5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 PM
12 Spots Available in each Time Slot
It takes about 1 Hour- 1.5 Hours to get through the house.

Join your humble host for the evening, Morgan L. Martin as he celebrates the newly published Arthur Conan Doyle Story. You and 11 other guests will time travel to the past and assume the rolls of Morgan’s lovely wife, Elizabeth, along with other of his close acquaintances in a night of mystery and intrigue. While the night may start out as innocent fun, tragedy strikes; now you must partake in a CLUE!™ inspired quest to solve the unfolding mystery. Physics, mediums, and phrenology will all be part of the fun!

Do you have what it takes to go back in time and solve the mystery??

****Disclaimer: While the evenings adventures involve the names of people who actually lived, the events that unfold are merely made up for the sake of an enjoyable experience and are not at all true. The factoids and questions in the game are LOOSELY based on events on their lives.****

Cost: $20.00
Reservations are required.

For More Information, please call 920-437-1840 or email

The Brown County Historical Society and Hazelwood Historic House are located at 1008 South Monroe Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54301.

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Evening With The Dead

Evening with the Dead
Saturday, October 19, 2019; 7-10 PM

Join the investigators from Paper Valley Paranormal for an Evening with the Dead on October 19, 2019. They will be investigating Hazelwood Historic House with a limited number of guests. Paper Valley Paranormal was founded in 2012 by Eddie Holland and co-founded with Heather Clark. The team has traveled throughout the country to investigate haunted locations and homes. Most notably, they recently investigated the notorious Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky.

Guests will be able to share their paranormal encounters with the team of investigators. Paper Valley Paranormal will share their best pieces of evidence from past investigations, showcasing what they have found from their two investigations at Hazelwood. The team will split up with the guests and investigate the house for two hours, using equipment such as their SB-7 Spirit Box, REM Pod, K2 Meters, and many more unique investigative tools. Following the investigation guests will enjoy pizza and share their experiences.

Reservations are required. Space is limited to 25.

For More Information, Call at 920-437-1840

$50.00 per person

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Upcoming Events 2019

September 21: If These Homes Could Talk: Astor Walking Tour, 9:30 AM--SOLD OUT

October: 5, 11, & 12: Haunted Hazelwood, 5-8PM
October 19: Evening with the Dead, 7-10 PM

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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