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.

Read More

Historic Preservation Watch List


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.

Watch List    Preservation Awards

Society Members

Cemetery Walk

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.


Upcoming Events:


Hazelwood Historic House
Summer Season

June 1-August 31, 2017
Thursday –Sunday; 12:00--4:00p.m.

Explore local History at Historic Hazelwood, one of Brown County’s oldest houses on its original site.  Home to the Morgan L. Martin Family from 1838-1931 it reflects a century of change for the Martin Family, for Green Bay, for Wisconsin, and for the nation.  Discover the stories of vision, fortitude, struggle and ultimately triumph in the preservation of this remarkable home. 

The house will be open to the public June 1 to August 31 on Thursdays-Sundays from Noon-4:00 p.m.

Seniors (60+)--$5.00
Kids (5-17)--$4.00


Over There Book Drive Poster

Between 1917 and 1918, America sent around 4 million men to France to fight in World War 1. Not knowing how long the boys would be “over there,” people on the Home Front organized book drives and sent books over to the soldiers serving. 
Deborah Martin, the head librarian at the Kellogg Public Library, enlisted Green Bay’s participation in the war by having a book drive.

Inspired by Deborah Martin who lived at Hazelwood, the Brown County Historical Society is hosting our own “Over There” Book Drive in honor of the 100th anniversary of America entering the World War 1. We will collect new or used books to send to our soldiers serving our country starting on June 1, 2017 until September 8, 2017 at Hazelwood Historic House & NWTC Main Library.

Please consider donating!

Types of books to donate:
Science Fiction
Self Help

Please bring your donated books to:

Brown County Historical Society 
and Hazelwood Historic House 
1008 S. Monroe Ave
Green Bay, WI 54301


BCHS Digital Archive 6 24 17

Digitial Archive Project

June 24, 2017

We are excited to announce a new project at the Brown County Historical Society! The Brown County Historical Society’s Digital Archive Project! Our goal is to scan as many historical photos and documents as we can over the coming years, and make them available and easily accessible to the public!

Click on the hyperlink above for information on our scanning event being held at Hazelwood Historic House here in Green Bay on Saturday June 24. If you’d like to participate or have any questions, please contact Kent Crain at the Voyageur Magazine office at 465-2446.

We hope you can participate!


"If This House Could Talk"

IF This House Could Talk Flyer

June 28, 2017

All houses have a story to tell.  The Brown County Historical Society and Astor Neighborhood Association are collaborating to host “If This House Could Talk” workshop. The workshop will explore how to research a house history. Deb Anderson, coordinator of the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center, will share a wide variety of resources that can be used to provide clues about construction dates, physical features, and occupants of your home.

 This event is FREE!

 The Brown County Historical Society located at 1008 S Monroe Ave.

To reserve a spot for the workshop, please contact Chris Dunbar at (920) 437-1840.

Upcoming Events 2017

June 1st-September 8th: "Over There" Book Drive
Donate New and Used Books to send our Soldiers serving our Country.
June 24th: Digital Archives Project Scanning Day, 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. 
Call 920-465-2446 to reserve a time!
June 28th: "If This House Could Talk" Workshop, 6:30p.m.

July 29th: Fairies and Wizards Faire, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

August 2nd & 3rd: Allouez Catholic Cemetery Walk, 6:30 p.m.
August 3rd-26th: Sowing the Way to Victory! WWI Gardens on the Home Front Exhibit,
Thurs-Sun 12:00-4:00p.m.
August 19th: Sowing the Way to Victory: Backyard Tea and Victory Program, 1:00-3:00 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: Ethnic Christmas at Hazelwood, 12-4;5-8 p.m.

Please check back regularly for updates on our upcoming events!






Full Calendar

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.

Our History


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.

BCHS History