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 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.


September 2019:

If Tombstones Could Talk Woodlawn Cemetery

“If Tombstones Could Talk: Triumph & Tragedy”
at Woodlawn Cemetery

September 4th& 5th, 6:00pm
September 7th, 4:00pm

Brown County Historical Society’s final cemetery walk of the 2018 season will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.  The theme for this year is “Triumph & Tragedy” and visitors can meet Green Bay’s prominent and not so prominent former residents.  Join us for first person accounts of adventurous lives in Green Bay and Wisconsin.  Hear their stories and step back into time.

Rain Date: Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00pm

This walking tour takes place outdoors in the fall, so please dress accordingly.  Flashlights and lightweight portable lawn chairs are recommended.


$8.00 – Individuals

$18.00 – Families (2 adults with up to 4 children 5-17)
Reservations Requested

To reserve your spot as an individual or as a group please call:
or E-mail us at


 If These Homes Could Talk 2019

If These Homes Could Talk
Saturday, September 21, 2019; 9:30AM
Union Congregational Church
716 S Madison


“If These Homes Could Talk” is an annual event in partnership with the Astor Neighborhood Association (ANA) and the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) to document the social and architectural history of the Historical Astor Neighborhood. This year’s guided walking tour will take place on September 21st, 2019 throughout the twenty-five-block Astor Historic District bordered by Mason, Van Buren, and Grignon Streets and the east bank of the Fox River.

This year we will viewing the first-floor interiors of smaller number homes on a payed guided tour. The Tour will start at Union Congregational Church. During the Civil War era, the church was, at one point, on the "Underground Railroad", which assisted escaped slaves in gaining their freedom. From here attendees will be divided in groups with a Tour Guide to lead them to participating homes. A Tour of Historical Hazelwood; home to the Brown County Historical Society, is also included with the ticket! Past participants will still display yard signs about their homes as well for people to view that day.

For more information, please contact us at 920-437-1840

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Upcoming Events 2019

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, 9:30 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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