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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Historic Preservation Watch List


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.


Visitor Engagement Survey

The Brown County Historical Society strives to provide quality programming and events for the community. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey about BCHS special events and Hazelwood Historic House! Your answers will help us continue to develop programs that fit the community’s needs and interests. Complete the survey for a chance to win a one year individual membership to the Brown County Historical Society!

BCHS Visitor Survey

Upcoming Events

Holiday Victorian Tea

Friday, December 4, Saturday, December 5, & Sunday, December 6, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join Hazelwood Historic House and the Brown County Historical Society for our annual Holiday Tea! Enjoy a luncheon of tea, sandwiches, savory and sweet treats, all served with old fashioned flair. Included in the price of admission is a special program on the history of Christmas. The Friday, December 4th program will focus on how Christmas was celebrated in early Green Bay, the December 5th program will discuss how ancient traditions have influenced modern Christmas celebrations, and the December 6th program will be about Christmas during the late 1800s and the stories of Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol) and Clement Moore (The Night Before Christmas).  Participants will also have the opportunity to tour Hazelwood Historic House, decorated with classic Victorian holiday splendor!

$20.00/person --- Reservations Required
For more information:
Call 920-437-1840 or Email 

 A Dickens of a Christmas

December 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th, 2015
Saturdays 12:00-4:00 & 5:30-8:00, Sundays 12:00-4:00

Join the Brown County Historical Society and Hazelwood Historic House for A Dickens of a Christmas! See the house decorated in Victorian Splendor, visit with characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, play classic Victorian parlor games, and much more!

Hazelwood Historic House Museum
1008 South Monroe Ave, Green Bay

Adults: $6.00
Senior Citizens: $5.00
Children (ages 5-17): $4 (children under 5 are free)
BCHS members: free
For more information:
Call 920-437-1840 or Email


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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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