Preserving appreciation of Greendale, Wisconsin, a National Historic Landmark
and one of only three American Greenbelt communities.


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2017 Grads: Apply Now for Society $1000 Scholarship

The Greendale Historical Society will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Greendale graduate. Interested students check with  school guidance departments for details. Brandon Rohde was the 2017 recipient. A GHS graduate who attends MATC and hopes to be Greendale firefighter. Support the scholarship: Buy Greendale themed products at the Welcome Center. Greendale Markets, and on line.    ... read more

Our Town: Greendale

Greendale is often compared to fictional towns because of its unique character and charm. In the classic play, Our Town, Thornton Wilder told a fictional story about an idyllic place through the voices of many of the townspeople. Join us as a group of performers tell the true story of Greendale from its early days in the 1930s. In this dramatic presentation, you will discover Greendale from “Pioneers” in their own words. Hear why there was always a tavern in our town, why no basements in the originals, and more about that movie theater in the heart of Greendale. This program is available for your group. Contact us for more... read more

Society to Meet in Hose Tower

Greendale Historical Society
The Society’s Next Meeting will be on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 12 Noon in the Historic Hose Tower.
This is our Volunteer Recognition Luncheon! All members and guests are welcome to attend.

Free and open to the public!


On November 25th, 2017 Greendale Historical Society hosted the “LEGO in the Village” event at the Historic Greendale Welcome Center.

It was a wonderful success and we appreciate all who came out to support the Society by purchasing and building a LEGO Greendale Original. The 60+ piece sets were designed by Paul Wellington who also joined us at this event with his amazing LEGO mini-city display. It was impressive!

Kids and adults alike had a great time! Each person built a mini Greendale Original House in white bricks with red accents. It was a fun, action-packed few hours at the Welcome Center. Kids could also enjoy some free-building LEGO fun while taking in the latest LEGO movie. Paul, our designer extraordinaire, shared tips, tricks, and chatted with the kids about their LEGO creations. It was a dynamic day!

It was so much fun, the Society plans to organize another event in 2018. Keep an eye on our website to find out about more LEGO in the Village events including a pre-registration process once the event date is chosen. Or, opt in now to keep up-to-date on the latest LEGO in the Village news. Go to: and we’ll keep you aware of upcoming events. We’re excited to host another LEGO event soon and can’t wait to keep building on this brick-by-brick success!

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Tour Historic Greendale

During the summer, the Greendale Historical Society offers guided tours of Historic Downtown Greendale. The tours will coincide with the Open Market held on Greendale’s Broad Street in between Northway and Schoolway. in the shadow of the iconic Village Hall.

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Our Mission

It is the mission of the Greendale Historical Society to preserve and promote the buildings, landmarks and artifacts that illustrate the history of Greendale, Wisconsin; to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Village’s founding, growth and designation as a National Historic Landmark; and to strengthen the current and future historic character of the Village.

Historic Greendale Welcome Center

5680 Broad Street
Greendale, WI 53129
Phone: (414) 409-2557

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Robb Nowak, President
Marge Hill, Vice President
Ted Mainella, Past President

Board Members:

Jim Burns, Kathleen Hart, Georgianne Heymann, Bill Kewan, Brenda Siemers, Amy Krenzke

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The Greendale Historical Society preserves our past, shares our stories, and connects people to history. Your membership support helps us use the power of history to transform lives.

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