About Us

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Our Mission: To preserve, present, and share the heritage of Brown County history through preservation activities, exhibitions, educational programs, and events.

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.

The Brown County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded primarily through membership dues and donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. We receive no governmental support.

Gifts to the Brown County Historical Society are tax-deductible as allowed by law. New members are always welcome. Monetary and in-kind donations are appreciated.

We are located at:
1008 South Monroe Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 437-1840

Hazelwood Historic House open for tours June 1 through August 24, 2014, Thursdays through Sundays, 12 PM to 4 PM.

Normal Society office hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Special Events

Cemetery Walk

Special Events Calendar

Whether you are interested in learning about the people who shaped Green Bay at one of our "If Tombstones Could Talk" cemetery walks, meeting a fairy princess at our family friendly Flower Fairy Tea Party, or experiencing the magic of a Victorian Christmas, the Brown County Historical Society is pleased to offer special events throughout the year. Visit our Special Events Calendar to learn more!

Voyageur Magazine

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Northeastern Wisconsin's Historical Review

Voyageur is a nonprofit magazine about the history and prehistory of a twenty-six county area of greater Northeast Wisconsin. It is published twice a year, each January and June, as a cooperative effort between the Brown County Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Historic Preservation Awards

View our most recent Historic Preservation Awards

Each year the Historic Preservation Committee of the Brown County Historical Society presents awards to businesses, organizations and individuals for their efforts to preserve, restore, and adapt for reuse, vintage and historic buildings in Brown County. These awards are presented at the Society's annual meeting each February.


Nominate a building for a BCHS Historic Preservation Award

Download a Historic Preservation Award Nomination Form

The Historic Preservation Committee of the Brown County Historical Society is accepting nominations for its 2015 annual Historic Preservation Awards, to be presented at the Society's Annual Dinner in February 2016. Self-nominations are welcomed.