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.


Upcoming Events:


Haunted Hazelwood

Haunted Hazelwood

October 7 & 14, 2017; 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Join the Brown County Historical Society at the Haunted Hazelwood for an evening of the macabre! We are delighted to host the famed poet Edgar Allan Poe as our special guest, and offer an evening of his work guaranteed to shock and astound. Participate in a séance, experience Poe’s tales, have your palm read, and perhaps meet a former resident of Hazelwood…This entertaining evening is sure to prove a delight and wonder to our visitors, for as Poe observes: “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

 Cost: $10.00 per person
Reservations are required, limited seating available
To reserve your spot as an individual or as a group, please call
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Open Times:
October 7th:  6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 
October 14th: 5:30, 6:00, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00
(Later times will open up when the early ones start to fill)
(Please Note: There will be a 30 cent surcharge)

Upcoming Events 2017

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!






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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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