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Free Lecture! The History & Development of Heritage Hill

May 18, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Brown County Federation of History Organizations
Free Lecture! The History & Development of Heritage Hill

Join former park employee James Hayward for a presentation that explores the overall history of the property now known as Heritage Hill State Historical Park. Learn a brief history of the site, from its geological formation to modern settlement, and its transition from the Kellogg farm to its use as the Green Bay State Reformatory’s orchards. Discover why this location was chosen to house a variety of historic Green Bay buildings in the 1960s and how its first 11 buildings were moved here for the park’s opening in 1977 through historic maps and photos. Finally, learn about the subsequent development of Heritage Hill over the following 47 years.

After the presentation, join James for an brief walk (optional) into the park to compare the original park plans with the park you and thousands of other visitors enjoy each season!

Presenter James Hayward was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and has lived in Green Bay for 43 years. He has had a lifelong interest in history and historic preservation, including a BA in History from UWGB. He worked at Heritage Hill State Historical Park for 15 years during which he was responsible for a variety of operations and preservation projects. James has presented for numerous organizations including the UW-Extensions Barns Now Conference, the Midwest Open Air Museums Council, Wisconsin State Historical Society, and the Wisconsin State Medical Society in addition to local historical societies, rotaries and school groups.

This event is offered free in honor of Brown County History Week and in partnership with the Brown County Federation of History Organizations.

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