About Us


Bay View Historical Society encourages a sense of community by conserving, celebrating and sharing Bay View’s rich heritage. Bay View Historical Society will serve as a portal to, and archive for, celebrating Bay View’s history and promise for the future.


The Bay View Historical Society began when two neighbors, Paul Kohlbeck and Audrey Quinsey, had a chance meeting in an alley near their homes in Bay View. They discussed the idea of establishing a neighborhood historical society. Along with other neighbors, they distributed notices and conducted their first meeting early in 1979 at the former Llewellyn Library. Approximately forty people were in attendance at this meeting and the Bay View Historical Society was born.

A steering committee was established and meetings were held at the homes of interested Bay Viewites. The steering committee applied for affiliation with the Wisconsin State Historical Society, established membership procedures, elected a board of directors and incorporated on Oct. 2, 1979.

The Society’s charter meeting was held at the Humboldt Park Pavilion in the fall of 1979. More than 200 people attended. The new board and its officers were introduced and the Society’s, objectives—To gather, preserve, disseminate artifacts and information relating to the Bay View area—was presented to it’s members.

The Bay View Historical Society is managed by an elected Board of Directors with officers and committees carrying out a variety of programs and projects.

The society focuses on activities that share Bay View’s history by providing historical information and educational programs to the community. Some examples include:

  • The popular Historic Lecture Series
  • An Outreach Program that takes the society on the road to various Community Events
  • Video Production of Historic Events, Lectures and Oral Histories
  • An informative Web Site that includes a Digital Library Link
  • The development and publication of Historic Neighborhood Walking Tours and Brochures
  • Road Trips to historical points of interest
  • Publication of The Historian, our bi-monthly newsletter
  • Designation of Historic Bay View Landmarks
  • An Archives and Research Collection located at our headquarters that is available to history buffs, academics and members in the community seeking information about Bay View’s past

The original forty people who attended the first meeting at the former Llewellyn Library has grown to nearly 500 members and the Society currently enjoys the status as one of the few neighborhood Historical Societies in the state.

The Society conducts five historic programs annually. Our newsletter, The Bay View Historian, is published bimonthly.

You are invited to become a member and enjoy our various projects, programs and events. For additional information go to the membership page, print off the form, fill it out and send your request and payment to the address listed on the form.

Officers and Board of Directors

President: Margaret Herzfeld
Vice President: Andrew Formentini
Secretary: Rebecca Schnabel
Treasurer: Nicola Ciurro
Board of Directors:
  • John Edquist
  • Russ Grabczyk
  • Grace Pelisek
  • Quinn Schwellinger



Use the following link to access current Bay View Historical Society

Bay View Historical Society Bylaws (PDF file)

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