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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 16, 2015*
April 20, 2015*
June 15, 2015*
August 17, 2015*
October 19, 2015*
December 7, 2015*


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.




Civil War Encampment



Saturday, May 2, 2015


Sunday, May 3, 2016


Both days 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Re-enactors camp overnight


Play a game of Cricket


Cannon roar


Tour the Inn


Admission for event


Click here for details



Membership Drive


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Elmbrook Historical Society!


Help preserve the history

of Brookfield and Elm Grove

for generations to come!!


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Museum Tours




The Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum is now open for tours!


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Special Event!



Afternoon Tea at the Inn

1:00 - 3:30 pm


1st Sunday of each month, June through October


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Lectures for 2015


Community Room

Brookfield Public Library

1900 North Calhoun Road

Brookfield, WI

7:00 pm


Mark your calendars



May 18, 2015


"Following the Trail"

History of Bluemound Road


Dr. Stephen Hauser

co-author of "Following the Trail", the history of Bluemound Road from a former Indian trail and military highway to the major road to Madison.



September 21, 2015


details to be announced







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