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Mission Statement

The Elmbrook Historical Society is a non-profit educational organization. The mission of this organization shall be the collection, preservation and dissemination of materials and information relating to the history of the City of Brookfield, the Village of Elm Grove, the Town of Brookfield and the County of Waukesha.

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of Brookfield and Elm Grove

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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:

*April 19, 2021

*June 21, 2021

*August 16, 2021

*October 18, 2021

*December 8, 2021



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
    • 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.




Annual Dinner Meeting

Monday, November 8, 2021

Details to follow closer to date


Museum Tours

June October

First and Third Sundays

of the month

1:00 - 4:00 pm

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.


Christmas at the Inn


December 4 & 5, 2021

Saturday - 10 am - 2 pm

Sunday - 1 - 4 pm

No Admission for the bake sale

Fees will apply for tours

Adults: $6

Children 3-12: $3

2 and younger free

Free parking on site.

Social distancing will be observed

masks are required

1860's Afternoon Teas

June 6, 2021

August 1, 2021

October 3, 2021

"Christmas Tea"

December 5, 2021


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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!



Created by

Master Gardener Volunteers

at the Inn



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