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.


June 2018:

Ft Howard 2018 Cem Walk Flyer

“If Tombstones Could Talk: Conflict & Compromise”
Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery
June 13th and 14th, 6:00 PM

 Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery is the setting for the first Cemetery Tour of the Brown County Historical Society’s 2018 season.  The theme for our “If Tombstones Could Talk” series is “Conflict & Compromise” and the characters visitors will meet represent a wide range of time-periods and difference stances.  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. Come, visit us at the Fort Howard Memorial Cemetery Walk, and discover how these historic residents of Green Bay dealt with conflicts and made compromises! The Brown County Historical Society and Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery are sponsoring this event. 

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

$8.00 – Individuals
$18.00 – Families (2 adults with up to 4 children 16 & under)

 Reservations Requested
To reserve your spot as an individual or group, please call 920/437-1840
Or E-mail us at


Home History Workshop 2018

Home History Workshop
June 13 & 20, 2018
6:00 PM

All Houses all have a story to tell! Learn how to tell yours!

The Astor Neighborhood Association has partnered with the Brown County Historical Society and The UW Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center (ARC) to offer a “Home History” workshop. Deb Anderson, coordinator of the (ARC) will share a wide variety of resources that can be used to provide clues about construction dates, physical features, and occupants of your home.  Discover the stories your house has to tell.

The house history workshop is scheduled for 6:00 June 13 and June 20. Choose a session. The program will be offered at Hazelwood Historic House 1008 S Monroe Ave.  Space is limited please call to register (920) 437-1840


August 2018:

 HistHistory Tour Road Rallyory Tour Road Rally: Celebrating 200 Years of Brown County

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Voyageur Park in De Pere

Check in--9:00-10:00 am
History Tour Road Rally--10:00 am-4:00 pm
Awards, Rally BASH & BBQ at Voyageur Park--4:00-10:00 pm

Take a drive and celebrate Brown County’s 200th Anniversary! Call on your family and friends and assemble a team between (2-4 people). Explore the hidden gems of our county. Have fun, play games, solve clues, take pictures, enjoy scenery, and discover history! After completing the tour, come back to Voyageur Park for more fun at Award Ceremony, Rally BASH & BBQ! Prizes, music, and Southern BBQ with all the Fixin’s! Come one, come all, and support your local historical organization!

Pictures and selfies will all be apart of the fun,a digital camera or camera phone is required!

Early Bird Registration Deadline: July 10, 2018:
$40/Person, $20/Kids 16 & under

After July 10:
$45/Person, $25/Kids 16 & under

Payment Registration Non-Refundable after July 25, 2018
Payment Options:

1. Click here to pay through Eventbrite with associated fees*
2. Print Registration Form and mail in payment to:
P.O. Box 1411 
Green Bay, WI 54305.

*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. 

Featured Sponsors:

Gold Roadster:
Brown County Trust for Historic Preservation

Bronze Coupe:
Cliff Wall Automotive

Event Partners:
Angeline Champeau Rioux House
Ashwaubenon Historical Society
Assumption BVM Parish
Brown County Parks
Church of the Holy Apostles
De Pere Historical Society 
Historic Allouez Society
Howard-Suamico Historical Society
Lambeau House
The Mill Art Center
Pulaski Area Historical Society
Smurawa's Country Bakery
Titletown Brewing Company
UW-Green Bay Viking House
Wrightstown Historical Society & Mueller-Wright House

For more information, please call 920-437-1840

Upcoming Events 2018

June 13th & 14th: If Tombstones Could Talk: Fort Howard Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.

July 12th-August 31st: Fashioning Our Identity: 200 Years of Style Exhibit at Hazelwood, Thurs.-Sun. Noon-4:00pm.
July 21st: Faeries and Wizards Faire, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.

August 1st & 2nd: If Tombstones Could Talk: Allouez Catholic Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.
August 16th: Membership Picnic*, 4:00 p.m.
*(Become a Member and Join us)
August 18th: Fashioning Our Identity: Afternoon Tea, 1:00--3:00 p.m.
August 25th: History Tour Road Rally, 9:00am-5:00pm
Starting at Voyageur Park in De Pere

September 5th & 6th: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.
September 8th: If Tombstones Could Talk: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 4:00 p.m.
September 15th: If These Homes Could Talk: Astor Neighborhood Walking tour, 10:00am

October 4th: Dining with the Dead, TBA
October 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: Ethnic Christmas, 11:00 a.m.--7:00 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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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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