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 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.


Upcoming Events:


Sowing the Way to Victory!

WWI Gardens on the Home Front 

Sowing The Way To Victory Poster

August 3-26, 2017
Thursday- Sunday 12:00-4:00 PM 

Join the Brown County Historical Society as we commemorate America’s 100th anniversary of entering World War I. Journey through Hazelwood Historic House and discover how Green Bay and Wisconsin contributed to “Winning the War.” while viewing extraordinary War Propaganda Posters.

$5.00/Seniors (60+)
$4.00/Kids (5-17)
Free Admission for Veterans!



If Tombstones Could Talk:
15 Years at Woodlawn Cemetery Revisited

If Tomstones Could Talk Woodlawn Cemetery

September 6th, and 7th, 6:00pm
September 9th, 4:00pm 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of “If Tombstones Could Talk.” at Woodlawn Cemetery. To celebrate the anniversary, we are bringing back 7 of the original “residents” of Woodlawn and the cast who portrayed them. Take a step back in time -- hear their lively stories as they share their hopes, disappointments, and the legacy they left. 

Lightweight portable lawn chairs and flashlights are welcome. 

$7.00 – Individuals
$18.00 – Families (2 adults with up to 4 children 17 & under) 

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

Upcoming Events 2017

June 1st-September 8th: "Over There" Book Drive
Donate New and Used Books to send our Soldiers serving our Country.
August 3rd-26th: Sowing the Way to Victory! WWI Gardens on the Home Front Exhibit,
Thurs-Sun 12:00-4:00p.m.

September 6th & 7th: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 6:00 p.m.
September 9th: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, 4:00 p.m.
September 23rd: If These Homes Could Talk: Astor Neighborhood Walking Tour, 10:00 a.m., starting at the Union Congregational Church, Reservations Required

October 7th & 14th: Haunted Hazelwood, 5:00-9:00 p.m. 

December 1st & 2nd: Hazelwood Holiday Tea, 1:00 -3:00 p.m.
December 9th & 16th: Ethnic Christmas at Hazelwood, 12-4;5-8 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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