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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Cemetery Walk

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.


Woodlawn Cem Walk

If Tombstones Could Talk: In the Line of Duty

Woodlawn Cemetery

September 7th & 8th @ 6:30pm and September 10th @ 4:00pm

Enjoy an evening spent learning local history and hearing intriguing stories from some prominent former members of Green Bay society.  The Brown County Historical Society is pleased to present our last cemetery walk of the 2016 season.  This is a walking tour of the Woodlawn Cemetery and visitors can bring small lawn chairs if they would like to be seated during the performances. 

Advanced reservations are requested so give us a call at 920-437-1840.

Cost: $7 per person; $14 family rate (2 adults and children [between the ages of 5-17])

Upcoming Events 2016 


September 7th, & 8th, 6:30pm; September 10th, 4:00pm—Woodlawn Cemetery Walk

September 17th—Downtown Walking Tour 


October 15th & 22nd—Poe Evermore at Haunted Hazelwood 


December 2nd & 3rd, 1:00-3:00—Holiday Tea

December 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th—A Dickens of a Christmas


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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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