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 Tea Flyer

Hazelwood Holiday Tea
December 1 & 2nd, 2017--SOLD OUT
1:00-3:00 PM


Visit Hazelwood Historic House for an ethnically inspired Holiday Tea. Enjoy a delightful cup of tea along with appetizing sandwiches and delicious ethnic desserts. The afternoon includes a program on ethnic holiday traditions and a tour Hazelwood Historic House, decorated by several local ethnic groups. 

Advanced Reservation is required
Please call 920/437-1840
or Email us at
For more details, visit


Twitter Poster

“Twitter Reenactment” of the Great Green Bay Fire of 1880

Followed by Public Talk by Firefighter and Author David Siegel

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 12:45-2:00 pm, Wood Hall 216
…and 2:15-3:15 pm, Christie Theater

Green Bay, WI:  28 history students from the UWGB will shine a light on a near-forgotten event in Green Bay history: the Great Green Bay Fire of Sep. 20, 1880.  On that hot fall day, sparks from the ship Oconto started a fire that tore through the east side, destroying about 100 structures and causing one death.  Using research of the life and times of actual people alive in Green Bay, students from the class will “reenact” the events on Twitter!  Their characters will describe what they are seeing, feeling, and doing from the time the blaze started until it was finally extinguished.

The twitter audience will get to interact with the characters and ask them questions through live tweets.  What a great way to experience a key moment in Green Bay’s history, right on your smart phone!  The twitter hash tag to follow for the event is #GBFire1880.  The twitter reenactment will be followed by a public talk by local author and firefighter David Siegel, who consulted on the project. 

Contact: Prof. Jon Shelton, (920) 465-2161,


God Jul 4

Hazelwood's Heritage Holidays
December 9 & 16, 2017
12:00-4:00; 5:00-8:00 PM

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting Hazelwood Historic House for our ethnically inspired event: Hazelwood’s Heritage Holidays.  Discover the similar and different customs that many cultures have during the holidays.  Journey through Hazelwood and see it all decked out for the festivities, with the rooms decorated by several local ethnic groups.  Visitors will taste ethnic holiday foods, hear traditional stories, listen to songs, and learn about time-honored celebrations!

Sponsored by:

Amicale Francaise de la Vallee du Renard
Ashwaubenon High School German Club
Casa ALBA Melanie
 Polish Heritage Society
 Shamrock Club
 Sons of Norway
 UWGB German Club
 Wisconsin Czechs, Inc.

Special Thanks to our Advertising Sponsor: 91.1 The Avenue

For more details: Call (920) 437-1840

General Admission Applies
Members are Free 

Upcoming Events 2017

December 1st & 2nd: Hazelwood Holiday Tea, 1:00 -3:00 p.m.
December 9th & 16th: Hazelwood's Heritage Holidays, 12-4;5-8 p.m.

Upcoming Events 2018

March 10th: Women of Early Green Bay Tea, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

May 5th: My Gal and Me Tea Party (Girl Scouts), 10:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.
May 16th: History Treasure Tour, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

June 13th & 14th: Fort Howard Cemetery Walk, 6:30 p.m.

July 21st: Faeries and Wizards Faire, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.

TBA: Allouez Catholic Cemetery Walk, 6:30 p.m.

September 5th & 6th: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.
September 8th: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 4:00 p.m.

October 5th, 6th & 13th: Haunted Hazelwood, 4:30-9:00 p.m.

November 30th: Hazelwood Holiday Tea, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

December 1st: Hazelwood Holiday Tea, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
December 8th & 15th: Hazelwood Christmas, 12:00-4:00; 5:00-8:00 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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