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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 15, 2016*
April 18, 2016*
June 20, 2016*
August 15, 2016*
October 17, 2016*
December 7, 2016*


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

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.




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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Special Events!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

"Life on the Niagara


learn about the geologic history of our area known as the

Niagara Escarpment.

Enjoy a family day of crafts, kids activities, hunt for fossils, food, vendors, perfect for rock hounds!

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Lectures for 2016


May 16, 2016

"Living On The Ledge"

William F. Kean

Prof. Emeritus


Community Room

Brookfield Public Library

1900 North Calhoun Road

Brookfield, WI

7:00 pm

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September 19, 2016

Speaker to be announced



Afternoon Tea at the Inn

1:00 - 3:30 pm

Beginning June 5th!

1st Sunday of each month

during the summer.


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Unveiling of Barn Quilt

as the Icehouse becomes  background for a work of art!


11:00 am

Sunday, June 5th at the Inn

Gift of the

Elm Grove Garden Club


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


Special Notice!

The Inn will be closed

for tours and tea on

Sunday, September 4, 2016



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