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 2018:


Brown County Historical Society's

Historic Digital Photo Presentation

Brown County Central Library Auditorium

Tuesday, September 25th

6:00 PM


For the last few years a dedicated group of volunteers has been working on the Brown County Historical Society’s Digital Archive Project.  To date we’ve scanned close to 2,000 images and documents as well as photographed many historical artifacts.

Please join us at the Brown County Central Library auditorium on Tuesday, September 25 where we will be sharing some of these photos. We are lucky to have Dennis Jacobs as a part of our team, and he will be talking about the images.

We’re proud of what we’ve gathered so far, and are excited for the chance to share some of it with you!


Dining With The Dead

Dining with the Dead

Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:00-9:30 PM 

Grab your ghost detector and join us for a spooky evening of great food and spirits at three haunted locations.

Enjoy wine & snacks at Captain’s Walk and learn about the apparition who prowls the halls.

Participate in a paranormal investigation with Paper Valley Paranormal members and find out who might be lurking in the nooks and crannies of historic Hazelwood.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Historic Union Hotel where tales of vanishing bartenders, eerie shadows, and unexplained voices abound.

Who are you dining with tonight?

Cost: $75.00 per person

Reservations are required due to limited seating! 

To reserve your spot as an individual or as a group, please visit


Call us at 920-437-1840


Haunted Hazelwood 2018

Haunted Hazelwood

Saturdays, October 6th & 13th; 4:30-9:00pm
Friday, October 12th; 6:00-9:00pm

Join the Brown County Historical Society at the Haunted Hazelwood for an evening of the macabre! We are delighted to host the famed poet Edgar Allan Poe as our special guest, and offer a sample of his work to shock and astound. Participate in a group psychic reading,  let tarot cards decide your fate, and have a chance encounter with a former resident of Hazelwood…This entertaining evening is sure to prove a delight and wonder to our visitors, for as Poe observes: “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

Cost: $15.00 per person

Reservations are required, limited seating available

To reserve your spot as an individual or as a group, please call


or  sign up by visiting

**** Please note that tickets are sold for EVERY Half Hour for all dates!****

Upcoming Events 2018

October 4th: Dining with the Dead, 5:00-9:30 p.m.
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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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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