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.


July 2019:

Faeries And Wizards

Faeries & Wizards Fest
Saturday, July 27, 2017; 11:00am-2:00pm

Join us, along with the mystical fairy princess and a magical wizard, on an adventure to save the enchanted Hazelwood forest from the evil gnome trolls who are threatening the peace and harmony of Enchanted Hazelwood. Help the Fairy and Wizard on their quest by completing tasks including: making a beautiful fairy crown or a dashing wizard’s hat, creating a magical wand, painting enchanted pebbles from the bed of mystical River Fox, games and much, much more! Lemonade, sandwiches, and desserts will be served on the back lawn. This event is geared towards children ages 4-8 and their parents, but anyone of any age is more than welcome. Faeries make sure to bring your most enchanting wings! Wizards, come in your best magical summer robes! This event will take place outside and guests are welcome to bring a picnic blanket to layout on the back lawn. 

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

August 2019

The Pros Cons Of Prohibition

The Pros & Cons of Prohibition:
Afternoon Tea
Friday, August 2, 2019--3 Spots Left 
Saturday, August 3, 2019--19 Spots Left
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Join the Brown County Historical Society and Hazelwood Historic House as it hosts The Pros & Cons of Prohibition: Afternoon Tea in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Prohibition! Enjoy a light luncheon with savory and sweet treats, all served with old-fashioned flair in Hazelwood’s beautiful backyard. Then, meet two historic members of Green Bay and hear their sides of why they were for or against Prohibition!

$22.00 per person

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


If Tombstones Could Talk Allouez Catholic 2019

“If Tombstones Could Talk”

Allouez Catholic Cemetery
August 7th & 8th, 6:00PM 

The Brown County Historical Society is pleased to announce our “If Tombstones Could Talk” theme for 2019 is “Triumph & Tragedy.” 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


$8.00 -- 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 920/437-1840 or E-mail us at


2019 Road Rally Flyer

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Voyageur Park in De Pere

Check in--9:00-10:00 am
Road Rally--10:00 am-4:00 pm
Bash & Prizes--4:00 pm

Are you ready to discover more hidden gems around Brown County? Then,  fill your gas tanks and start your engines  for the Brown County Historical Society 2019 Road Rally Fundraiser!  Assemble a team and start your adventure on backroads, highways, and city streets throughout Brown County. As a team, compete to win by solving clues, playing games, taking selfies, enjoying scenery, and discovering history! Upon returning to Voyageur Park, enjoy good food, enter our 50/50 Raffle, bid on Silent Auction prizes, and win cash prizes! 

Photos & selfies are a part of all the fun, digital cameras or camera phones are required.

$35.00/Person, $30.00/BCHS Members, $15.00/Kids (15 & under)

$25.00/Person, $20.00/BCHS Members, $10.00/Kids (15 & under)

Kids under 5 are FREE

For more details, Call (920) 437-1840

Payment Options:

1.  Click here to Pay through Eventbrite with associated fees*

2. Print  Registration Form and mail in payment to BCHS P.O. Box 1411 Green Bay, WI 54305.

For more details, Call (920) 437-1840

*As a non-proft organization, we pay credit card processing and transaction fees for all credit card charges. It would help us out if you would please cover the fees associated with your order so 100 percent of your payment goes to support our organization

 Gold Roadster Sponsor: 
PDQ Carwash

Bronze Coupe Sponsor:
Green Bay Packers Give Back

Model T Sponsor:
Cliff Wall Automotive
One Law Group, S.C.

Road Crew Sponsor:
Festival Foods

 Event Partners:
Ashwaubenon Historical Society
Automobile Gallery
Brown County Parks
De Pere Historical Society
Oneida Cultural Heritage Village/Long House Village
Oneida Nation Museum
Pulaski Area Historical Society
Titletown Brewing Company
UW-Green Bay Viking House
Vickery Village
Wildlife Sanctuary
Woodlawn Cemetery

Upcoming Events 2019

July 27: Faeries and Wizards Festival, 11AM-2PM

August 2 --3 Spots Left & August 3--19 Spots Left: Pros & Cons of Prohibition: Afternoon Tea Tea, 1-3PM
August 7 & 8: If Tombstones Could Talk: Allouez Catholic Cemetery Walk, 6PM
August 17, 2019: BCHS Road Rally, 9AM

September 4 & 5: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery, 6PM
September 7: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery, 4PM
September 21: If These Homes Could Talk: Astor Walking Tour, 10 AM

October: 5, 11, & 12: Haunted Hazelwood, 5-8PM

November 15 & 16: Hazelwood Harvest Tea, 1-3PM

December 7 & 14: Christmas at Hazelwood, 11AM-7PM

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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