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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 19, 2018*
April 9, 2018*
June 11, 2018*
August 13, 2018*
October 15, 2018*
December 10, 2018*


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 Monday evenings 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:

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

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





Lectures for 2018


Community Room

Brookfield Public Library

1900 North Calhoun Road

Brookfield, WI

7:00 pm


March 19, 2018

"The Fur Trade in Wisconsin"

Metty Fredricks


Waukesha Historical Society & Museum

Explore the history of European trade with Wisconsin's Native Americans


May 21, 2018

co-sponsored by the

Brookfield Public Library

"The Great Waukesha

Water War of 1893"


John Schoenknecht

Author and Educator

He will explain the attempts of Chicago folks to pipe Waukesha water to the World's Fair and how Waukesha fought back!

Free and open to the public


Museum Tours


First and Third Sundays

of the month

1:00 - 4:00 pm

except Federal Holidays

Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

1075 Pilgrim Parkway

Brookfield, WI

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Join us for a

"Christmas at the Inn"

Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 2, 2018

12 noon - 4 pm


Adults $6.00

children 3-12 $3.00

2 and under free

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

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Afternoon Tea at the Inn

Elegant tea and a guided tour

Sundays June 4, July 2, August 6 and October 1.

Advance reservations required.

Call 262-782-4057

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Memorial Brick


Reserve your place on the brick Memorial Walkway by the Visitor’s Center. Your brick purchase supports the Elmbrook Historical Society in its preservation efforts. These bricks make great gifts in honor of or in memory of a loved one.

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

Click here for details and to download a form


See the Patriotic Barn Quilt

that makes the Icehouse

a  background for a work of art!



Gift of the

Elm Grove Garden Club



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