The Historic Allouez Society

The Historic Allouez Society Founded in 2007, the Historic Allouez Society promotes research and preservation of the history of Allouez, Wisconsin and Shantytown near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Society is a non-profit organization established under IRS code 501(c)3. The first annual meeting of the Historic Allouez Society was held on October 23, 2008. The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. The Village of Allouez is named after Father Claude-Jean Allouez, a Jesuit Missionary from France, who established the first permanent mission along the Fox River in 1671.


Yesterday we lost a friend and founding member. Jim Charneski was one of the original officers of Historic Allouez Society's executive board of directors, jumping in as vice president when H.A.S. chartered the society in 2007. Our group benefited from his clear judgment, firm hand, solid ideas and direction, not to mention his big laugh and the merry way his eyes twinkled when he laughed. We will miss you, Jim!

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The Historic Allouez Society's cover photo

The Historic Allouez Society's cover photo

The Historic Allouez Society's cover photo

The Historic Allouez Society

The Historic Allouez Society

The Historic Allouez Society's cover photo

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The snow is here, and Santa will be making a stop from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Allouez Community Center, 21...

The snow is here, and Santa will be making a stop from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Allouez Community Center, 2143 S. Webster Ave. Bring your camera to help prepare your Christmas card. Dogs welcome, too. Free! And Merry Christmas from the Historic Allouez Society!


If Tombstones Could Talk is canceled for tonight due to stormy weather; it won't be rescheduled.

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Fun fact: Allouez once had a polo field. Yes, a POLO field!

Fun fact: Allouez once had a polo field. Yes, a POLO field!


Book sale Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 11:30-5 Saturday, April 1 and 9-5 Sunday, April 2, 2017 @ Allouez Community Center, 2143 S. Webster Avenue. Old books, new books, kids books, Packers books, history books, novels, mysteries ... Come be a part of our "chapter."


Join us for our first-ever BOOK SALE this weekend April 1-2, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Old books, new books, Packer books, mysteries, classics, kids books. (Yes, real books, the kind made out of paper! :)


We're excited about our Annual Meeting Oct. 19 at Heritage Hill Dinner, music, conviviality and lots of fun. It's open to all Historic Allouez Society members -- stay tuned for more details!


Hi H.A.S. friends, in case you didn't see this in the local newspaper two weeks ago, here's a story about WWII veterans from Allouez that might interest you:

Updated marker honors WWII veterans from Allouez

Todd McMahon, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

ALLOUEZ - Richard Gay’s name didn’t appear in an original tribute to homegrown men and women who were called to serve in World War II.
The overdue honor for Gay and a few others has come more than 70 years later.
A replica sign of a billboard that honored Allouez residents as they were serving the country during the war is now on permanent display in Green Isle Park.
“It’s nice that somebody remembered us,” said Gay, 91, who was omitted from the original sign because he enlisted in Milwaukee.
The names of almost 200 service members appear on the new marker, which is mounted in tin atop a large stone that sits on the east end of the park near the tennis courts.
The Historic Allouez Society collaborated with the Village of Allouez on the monument, which was unveiled earlier this month.
Rita Houston, a longtime Allouez resident and member of its historical society, led the project the last two years. She was inspired by a black-and-white picture of the old billboard, which turned up in a collection of local photos by the late Tom Martin that was donated to the historical society.
Houston put the word out in the village last year, seeking input from anyone who recalled when the billboard was up and where it was located.
The mystery wasn’t completely solved, though Dick Stolz, a World War II veteran whose name appeared on the billboard, speculated the sign was displayed before the war ended in 1945 at the corner of Webster and Allouez avenues.
None of the three World War II veterans who gathered at Green Isle Park last week to see the new marker recalled seeing the original billboard. The new marker, however, brought back memories.
“I saw names on the plaque of men whom I had known in the old days and who were gone, that are dead,” said John Brebner, a 92-year-old Green Bay resident who was a flight instructor as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps based stateside during the war.
“Most of those people on that list are probably deceased by this time,” added Brebner, whose younger brother, Robert Brebner, also has his name on the marker.
Houston said five names were added to the list of WWII vets before Green Bay Blue in Ashwaubenon produced the replacement sign for a small cost funded by the historical society.
Above seven columns of names are the words “Citizens Of Allouez In The Service Of Our Country.” The tribute spans the time between the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by Japanese forces on Dec. 7, 1941, and the end of the war in Europe on May 7, 1945.
“A lot of things that you saw, but you don’t remember,” Allouez veteran Robert Mineau said about the original billboard as he gazed at the new marker with his name on it.
Mineau, who turns 99 on July 6, has vivid recollections of his involvement in the war, however.
He was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, stationed near Pearl Harbor at Wheeler Army Airfield in 1941. Mineau remembers the initial enemy airstrikes on Pearl Harbor.
“We heard planes coming that day, and we thought it was our Navy on maneuvers,” he said. “They (the Japanese planes) went down towards Pearl Harbor. One peeled out towards us, and then they dropped the first bomb about 100 feet in front of me. I got shook up by the concussion, but I didn’t get hit. They bombed all of the hangars and planes like that. There was so much smoke.”
Mineau later served in Europe toward the end of the war.
Gay, who enlisted in the Marine Corps as a teenager in 1942, said he was fortunate to come home after being in four assault landings by American forces in Europe.
“Our division probably lost 60 percent of what we went over with,” said Gay, who had a rank of private first class. “We were glad the war ended. Not many make four landings and survive it.”
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History Tour Road Rally: Celebrating 200 Years of Brown County Saturday, August 25, 2018 Voyageur Park in De Pere 9:00am-4:00 pm: History Tour Road Rally 4:00-10:00 pm: Rally BASH & BBQ with FABULOUS PRIZES! Take a drive and celebrate Brown County’s 200th Anniversary! Call on your family and friends and assemble a team between (2-4 people). Explore the hidden gems of our county. Have fun, play games, solve clues, take pictures, enjoy scenery, and discover history! After completing the tour, come back to Voyageur Park for more fun at Award Ceremony, Rally BASH & BBQ! Prizes, music, and Southern BBQ with all the Fixin’s! Come one, come all, and support your local historical organization! Photos & selfies are a part of all the fun, digital cameras or camera phones are required. Presenting Sponsor Gold Roadster—The Brown County Trust for Historic Preservation Silver Sedan Sponsor—PDQ Car Wash Bronze Coupe Sponsor—Cliff Wall Automotive Media Sponsor—Star 98 Early Bird Registration Deadline: July 10, 2018: $40/Person, $20/Kids 16 & under After July 10: $45/Person, $25/Kids 16 & under For more details, or call (920) 437-1840 The Brown County Historical Society and Hazelwood Historic House are located at 1008 South Monroe Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54305.
“If Tombstones Could Talk: Taking a Stand in History” Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery June 14th and 15th, 6:30 PM Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery is the setting for the first Cemetery Tour of the Brown County Historical Society’s 2017 season. The theme for our “If Tombstones Could Talk” series is “Taking a Stand in History” and the characters visitors will meet represent a wide range of time-periods and difference stances. Once these folks walked, laughed, worked, and contributed to our community. Now they are a memory of yesterday. Hear their stories – take a step back to their time. Come, visit us at the Fort Howard Memorial Cemetery Walk, and discover how these historic residents of Green Bay took a stand in history! The Brown County Historical Society and Fort Howard Memorial Park Cemetery are sponsoring this event. This is a guided walking tour that takes place outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Lightweight portable lawn chairs are recommended. COST: $7.00 – Individuals $18.00 – Families (2 adults with up to 4 children 16 & under) Reservations Requested Walk-Ups are Welcome! To reserve your spot as an individual or group, please call 920/437-1840 Or E-mail us at [email protected]