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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.




The Elmbrook Historical Society presents

"A Polish

Christmas at the Inn"

In association with


Polish Women's Cultural Club

Saturday, December 3, 2016

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday December 4, 2016

12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

1075 Pilgrim Parkway

Brookfield, WI


  • Tour the 1840's Inn decorated for Christmas

  • Listen to stories read by Father Christmas

  • Enjoy carols sung by a children's group
  • Make a craft
  • Sample Mrs. Brown's soup and muffins

  • Shop our bake sale

  • Take a photo in our sleigh and more
  • Browse our Silent Auction baskets for wonderful Christmas gifts.
  • Silent auction ends at 3:30 pm on Sunday, December 4.  Need not be present to win.


Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

Admission: Adults $6.00

Children 6-12 $3.00

5 and under free

(Cash or check only)


Merry Christmas



Photo Gallery 

The Elmbrook Historical Society

thanks the Italian Community Center Cultural Group

for decorating the Inn and sharing their customs and culture at our


2013 "An Italian Christmas at the Inn"

Italian Creche
Dining Room set for Italian Christmas
Traditional Christmas foods
Anna Pitzo & Sophia Michalovitz
Laurel Mellone & grandson Sam
Mary DiPiazza in kitchen bake sale
"Cebbo" - Italian decoration
Joey with Cookies from Grandpa




2012 "A Nordic Christmas at the Inn"



Christmas Tree decorated with national theme
Ann-Marie Bergman in traditional dress



Volunteer in traditional Finnish dress
Another style of traditional dress
Tonttu, elves considered guardians of dwellings and farms, offer wheat to the birds
Christmas tree decorated with flags and traditional wheat weavings
Lee Hoofnagle playing a Kantele an ancient Finnish string instrument

Lou Nielson takes a break from playing

another of her many styles of Kantele



Iceland tree decorated with national flags
Volunteer Barbara Schaefer



Betty O'Sullivan and some of her Norwegian

doll collection on display throughout the Inn

Norwegian decorated Christmas tree
Norwegian decorated dining room
Model of a Norwegian Stave Church



Star Boy George Katsekes and

Gracie Katsekes as Santa Lucia

Swedish cookies and table decor

to celebrate Christmas

Swedish Christmas tree with gingerbread ornaments in the ladies parlor
Swedish tree decorated with national flags



the indigenous people of Lapland, the Nordic countries and Russia

Model log house, sled & reindeer.  Saami dolls dressed in traditional summer and winter clothing.
Saami man and woman in traditional dress, birch bark horn, tassles and miniature leather shoe



Volunteers warming up and sampling wonderful baked goods in the kitchen
Lynda Thayer and Delores Lorenz admiring Norwegian dolls and decor in the dining room


2011 "A Celtic Christmas at the Inn"

Robert McWilliams plays bagpipes in the Ballroom.
Robert McWilliam, dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt, plays his bagpipes in the ballroom of the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum.
A wonderful selection of silent auction items is set up in thr tap Room for visitors to bid on. Yje Ladies parlor is decotated with a Victorian English display

A  wonderful selection of silent auction items

fill the Tap Room for visitor's to bid on.

The Ladies Parlor is filled with a

Victorian English display.

Thomas Rowe and Allice Lundstrom bring display about Conwall and Corcish customs. The diining room is set u for a Cornish Christmas.
Thomas Rowe and Alice Lundstrom brought an exhibit about Cornall  to display at the Inn.

The dining room table is set for a

Cornish Christmas.

Master bedroom decorated with an Irish theme.
A bedoom displays Irish mementos.

The master bedroom is decorated with

an Irish theme.

A bedroom displays Scottish mementos.
Susan Stealey tells visitors about wesh christmas customs.

Another bedroom deciorated for the Holidays

Susan Stealey tells visitors about

Welsh Christmas customs.

Another bedroom is decorated for the Holidays!


Children making crafts at A Celtic Christmas at the Inn
Father Christmas greess Laurel Mellone and           at A Celtic Christmas at the Inn

Barbara Schaefer helps children make a

simple Christmas craft.

Father Christmas greets Laurel Mellone, chairman of the "A Celtic Christmas at the Inn" and

Santa decorates the hall at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn.
A wonderful assortment ofdelicious  homemade baked goods made by Elmbrook Historical Society members .were sold.

Santa decorates the hall at the

2011 "Celtic Christmas at the Inn."

A wonderful assortment of delicious homemade baked goods were sold at

" A Celtic Christmas at the Inn.".


2010 Christmas at the Inn - A German Christmas


    Sampling of nutcracker collection

    A sampling of the nutcracker collection which was on display at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum during the Christmas at the Inn holiday celebration



    Bavaria - Parlor

    A Sister from the School Sisters of Notre Dame explains some of the ornaments which are unique to Bavaria.

    Pomerania - Dining Room

    Bill Vaitl of the Pommerscher Verein Freidstadt looks at a feathered tree decorated with antique ornaments.



    Bedroom decorations

    were provided by the City of Brookfield's sister city -

    Seligenstadt, Germany.

    Bedroom - Swabia

    Decorated by the Danube Cultural Society of SE Wisconsin





    The Hired Hands Room was decorated by the Hessischer Verein



    Joyce Griepentrog and Barbara

    Vait, who are members of the Pommerscher Verein Freistadt, demonstrate how to make Pomeranian Advent Rose Lights

    Gail Tewes shows visitors how to

    make Moravian stars while Elaine Kraft makes an Advent Rose Light.


    Peg and Hans Mueller, wearing authentic Bavarian Trach,  entertain visitors while playing the button box accordian and the wooden spoons.



    Elmbrook Historical Society volunteers arrange cookies and other treats at the Bake Sale.

    Delicious cookies, breads and candies

    were sold at the Christmas at the Inn

    holiday celebration.


    Tim Stemper and Pam Duronio

    entertain visitors at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum during

    the Christmas at the Inn holiday celebration.

    Visitors were able to bid on a variety of Silent Auction items at the Christmas at the Inn holiday celebration.



    Elmbrook Historical Society volunteers Megan Elliot and Michaela Ferrante help decorate a Christmas tree at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum.
    Christmas tree with German ornaments decorates the ballroom of the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum.



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