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:

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



Faeries and Wizards Faire

Faeries And Wizards Cover Page Poster

Saturday, July 29, 2017; 1:00-4:00pm

Faeries and Wizards are invited to participate in a day of magical activities at Hazelwood Historic House. They will begin their enchanted adventure by decorating their own wand, crown, or sorcerer’s hat. Other activities include face painting, creating bubbles, making powders and potions, troll bowling, and joining the Fairy Princess and Wizard in creating a faerie house for Hazelwood’s backyard. Lemonade, sandwiches, and desserts will be served on the back lawn. This event is geared towards children ages 4-8 and their parents.

Faeries make sure to bring your wings!
Wizards, come in your best summer robes! 

This event will take place outside and guests are welcome to bring a picnic blanket to layout on the back lawn.

Admission cost is $7.00/Person.

Advanced reservations are required.
Please call (920) 437-1840 or email to make your reservation!



"If Tombstones Could Talk: Taking a Stand in History"

If Tombstones Could Talk Allouez Cemetery 2017 Poster

Allouez Catholic Cemetery
August 2nd & 3rd, 6:30PM 

The Brown County Historical Society is pleased to announce our popular “If Tombstones Could Talk” Cemetery Walk series! Our theme this year is “Taking a Stand in History.” Join BCHS at Allouez Catholic Cemetery (2121 Riverside Dr. Green Bay), and meet some of Green Bay’s former residents at their gravesites.  Once these folks walked, laughed, worked and contributed to our community.  Now they are a memory of yesterday.  Hear their stories – take a step back to their time. Allouez Catholic Cemetery opened in 1822 as Shantytown Cemetery and is among the oldest cemeteries in Green Bay and Wisconsin.

This is a guided walking tour that takes place outdoors, so please dress accordingly.
Lightweight portable lawn chairs are recommended. 

Parking Available On Site

$7.00 -- Individuals
$18.00 – Families (2 adults with up to 4 children ages 5-17)
Reservations Requested
To reserve your spot as an individual or as a group, please call
or E-mail us at


Sowing the Way to Victory!

WWI Gardens on the Home Front 

Sowing The Way To Victory Poster

August 3-26, 2017
Thursday- Sunday 12:00-4:00 PM 

Join the Brown County Historical Society as we commemorate America’s 100th anniversary of entering World War I. Journey through Hazelwood Historic House and discover how Green Bay and Wisconsin contributed to “Winning the War.” while viewing extraordinary War Propaganda Posters.

$5.00/Seniors (60+)
$4.00/Kids (5-17)
Free Admission for Veterans!


Sowing the Way to Victory!

Backyard Tea and War Garden Program

Victory Garden Tea Facebook Post

August 19, 2017
1:00-3:00 p.m. 

Join the Brown County Historical Society and Hazelwood Historic House as it hosts Sowing the Way to Victory: Backyard Tea and War Garden Program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States entering WWI!  Enjoy refreshing tea along with savory and sweet courses, all served with old-fashioned flair on Hazelwood’s back porch. Learn how gardening and food preservation contributed to “Winning the War.” Find out more about women’s contribution to the war effort with our display of extraordinary WWI Propaganda Posters.

$22.00 per person 

Advanced Reservation is required due to limited seating.
Please call 920/437-1840
Or Email us at

Upcoming Events 2017

June 1st-September 8th: "Over There" Book Drive
Donate New and Used Books to send our Soldiers serving our Country.
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 War Garden 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!






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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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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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