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Mission Statement

The Elmbrook Historical Society is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to research the history of Brookfield and Elm Grove and to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects from our past.

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Board Meeting Schedule

Society's Board of Directors meet at 7:00 pm

City of Brookfield

Brookfield Park & Senior Center - East Meeting Room

2000 N Calhoun Road

Brookfield, WI  53005

on the following dates:

February 18, 2019*
April 15, 2019*
June 17, 2019*
August 19, 2019*
October 21, 2019*
December 9, 2019*


The Elmbrook Historical Society

Founded in 1977, the Elmbrook Historical Society is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society. It currently has over 175 members who care deeply about preserving the history of Brookfield and Elm Grove and its historic buildings. The Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum is its main project.

Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum
Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

An active organization, the Elmbrook Historical Society hosts a number of activities that are open to the public. These include:

  • Lectures on a variety of historic topics that are held on a Monday evening during the months of March, May, and September at the Brookfield Public Library

  • Docent led tours of the historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, the only building in Brookfield that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Walking tours of local historic interest

  • Special fund raising events such as:

    • Christmas at the Inn

In addition, our members:

  • Maintain the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, a stately Greek Revival Inn built in 1843, its gardens and its outbuildings

  • Collect and display artifacts at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum reflecting the period of 1840 to 1872

  • Archive documents and record information of historical interest from area residents

  • Work to preserve buildings of historic interest in Brookfield and Elm Grove


Community Walkway

Help us preserve our local history by purchasing an engraved brick to show you have walked this way.  These bricks make wonderful gifts to mark a special occasion or honor someone.

All proceeds from your support of this Community Walkway will help fund the historical society in our preservation efforts, events and education.

Click here for details and to download a form

In these and many other ways, the Elmbrook Historical Society works to preserve the history of Brookfield and Elm Grove for generations to come.





Free Public Programs

7:00 pm

Community Room

Brookfield Public Library

1900 North Calhoun Road

Brookfield, WI 53005


May 20, 2019


"How Does

Wisconsin Sound?"

Susan C. Cook, Director

Mead Witter School of Music

University of WI-Madison

Wisconsin's has a remarkable musical past from native to emigrant peoples. Learn how the soundscapes were made, remembered and how they have changed.

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June 16, 2019

Father's Day

Tour the Inn with a costumed docent and wander the grounds.

At 1:30 pm the Civil War

Regimental Volunteer Band

of Wisconsin

will play a concert salute to him!

Admission applies

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September 16, 2019


"Treated Like Family"

Author Tom Faley

He will talk about his book on the Gentine family from France that settled in Brookfield and produced wine. Descendants of the family later founded Sargento Cheese.

Museum Tours


First and Third Sundays

of the month

1:00 - 4:00 pm

closed Labor Day weekend

Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

1075 Pilgrim Parkway

Brookfield, WI

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Admission fees apply.

Volunteers are key to our success so contact us by email or phone and join today.



"Afternoon Tea

at the Inn"

Elegant tea and a guided tour

Sundays: May 5th, June 2nd,

July 7th, August 4th, (closed September 1st) and October 6th.

Pre-registration and Pre-payment are required.

$15 per person


Appropriate for ages 7 and above

Each child 7-12 must be

accompanied by an adult

Call 262-782-4057

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Other Events


"Halloween at the Inn"

Saturday, October 12, 2019

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"Christmas at the Inn"


in December


All proceeds go to programming and the upkeep of the buildings.




See the Barn Quilts

that makes the Icehouse

a  background for a work of art!



Gift of the

Elm Grove Garden Club



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