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.


COVID-19 Update:

Hazelwood Historic House and the Brown County Historical Society office is currently closed to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

We are monitoring the current situation and look forward to welcoming you back soon.  Please check our social media pages for updates or contact us at

 Upcoming Events: 

Roaring 20S Road Rally Save The Date Image

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Fill up your gas tanks, start your engines, and join us for the Roaring 20s Road Rally! Gather the gang and step back into the 1920s and explore back roads, city streets, and unique locations in Brown County. Teams win prizes by solving clues, playing games, taking selfies, and completing challenges.  Enjoy the scenery and discover history! 

We are still working to finalize details of the event based on current COVID-19 Guidelines. We are committed to protect the safety and health of our participants.

Please check back for updates or visit our social media pages!

Upcoming Events 2020:
All Events are tentative due to COVID-19.

CANCELLED--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 4 & 5: If Tombstones Could Talk: Allouez Catholic Cemetery—outside, 6:00 PM
August 8: 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
September 12: Historic 1880 Fire Walking Tour with David Siegel, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
September 19: 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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Voyageur Magazine

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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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