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Dousman Stagecoach

Inn Museum


Special Events

1860's Afternoon Teas

Halloween at the Haunted Inn

      Christmas at the Inn      

      2024 Annual Meeting


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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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. 2024

*April 15, 2024

*June 17, 2024

*August 19, 2024

*October 21, 2024

*December 11, 2024



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, September and November 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's to 1880's

  • 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.






Free and Open to the Public

Brookfield Public Library


7:00 pm


March 18, 2024

"Submarine Life In the

Pacific During WWII."

Bill Stenavich tells of his

father Wally Stenavich's experiences

Click for further details

September 16, 2024

                  Full details to come

November 18, 2024

                   Full details to come


Annual Dinner Meeting

        Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Western Racquet Club

Elm Grove

Click for Details and Registration


1860's Afternoon Teas


June 2, 2024

August 4, 2024

October 6, 2024

"Christmas Tea"

December 8, 2024

Click here for more information!


Halloween at the Haunted Inn

Saturday, October 12, 2024

1 - 4 pm


Christmas at the Inn

December 7 & 8, 2024

Saturday - 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday - 1 - 4 pm

Annual Bake Sale

at Aggie's Antiques,

on site.

Fees will apply for tours

Adults: $6

Children 3-12: $3

2 and younger free

Cash Only

Free parking on site.

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Museum Tours


First and Third Sundays

of the month, May - October

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

1075 Pilgrim Parkway

Brookfield, WI

Click here for more information!


Admission fees apply, cash only.

Volunteers are key to our success so contact us by email and join today.

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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