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Historic Welcome Center Opens on Broad Street

n recent weeks, Greendale Historical Society volunteers have been packing, moving, unpacking and reorganizing its archives and memorabilia including photographs, documents, and other artifacts pertaining to Greendale’s history as it moved to its new home in the soon to be open Historic Greendale Welcome Center on Broad Street.

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Summer Membership Meeting on July 28 in the Historic Hose Tower at 7:00 p.m.

The Greendale Historical Society invites you to rediscover the history of Greendale through the pages of the Village Life and other Greendale publications on July 28. Among Village stories behind the headlines that we will explore is the closing of the original Greendale Theatre. The downtown movie theatre provided nightly diversion and Saturday cliff hangers in the age before Netflix. Please join us in the Historic Hose Tower on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. for this special presentation. A brief membership meeting will follow the program. The event is Free and open to the public.... read more
Crowds Gather at Hose Tower; Anticipate Fall Grand Opening

Crowds Gather at Hose Tower; Anticipate Fall Grand Opening

Above: Visitors tour the Hose Tower on July 4 after the parade. Photo: Steve Peters

Nearly 300 parade goers quenched their thirst at the Historic Hose Tower in the heart of the Village of Greendale following the July 4th parade this past Saturday.

The third annual “Lemonade after the Parade” was sponsored The Greendale Historical Society at the Hose Tower. The event showcased the re-purposed 1939 building and Tower which is nearing completion as a Community Center and gathering place for the Village.

When the interior is completed this fall, groups of 100 or more will be able to use the carpeted, air-conditioned, restroom equipped Layton State Bank Community room for a variety of gatherings and events.

“Thanks to our many donors, sponsors, Village leaders, and friends, the Hose Tower will soon be ready” said Historical Society president, Ted Mainella.

Construction work on the  interior of the building will begin this week. Completion slated for late summer or early fall of this year. For more information, please visit

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Greendale Municipal Court

Greendale Municipal Court

The Greendale Municipal Court was created in 1938. The first judge to preside over the Greendale Municipal Court was Fabian Strong, who served from 1938-1949. Norbert Dobner, who served 28 years, from 1949-1976, followed Strong as Municipal Justice.

Judges Strong, Duggan and Dobner were original residents of Greendale.

Near the end of Judge Dobner’s term, the Board of Trustees amended the Village’s ordinances to require that the Municipal Judge be a licensed attorney. Judge John Spindler was the Village’s first judge who was a licensed attorney.

Six judges have presided over the Greendale Municipal Court since its inception.

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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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