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Christmas Gift Sale

Christmas Gift Sale

BHC merchandise makes a great gift - order online or by mail thru December 16

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November 2022 Newsletter

November 2022 Newsletter

Civil War Survivors, Remembering Bill Laatsch, Thanksgiving Sale

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Latest Happenings At The Belgian Heritage Center

Remembering Dr. Bill Laatsch

Remembering Dr. Bill Laatsch

With great sadness, we remember one of our founders. Dr. Bill Laatsch, retired UWGB professor and long-time volunteer and advocate for the BHC, passed into his eternal journey on September 14, 2022. He was best remembered for the warm, humorous, and informative stories of early Belgian immigrants he shared over the course of many bus tours. Laatsch relayed the cultural uniqueness of our area like no other. He opened the eyes of visitors to the architecture and location of homes, barns, roadside chapels, summer kitchens, churches, taverns, and even the hamlets themselves. During his years of professional research on the Belgian settlement in northeast Wisconsin, Laatsch wrote numerous papers on many aspects of the settlement. His research was instrumental in the establishment of the Namur Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and later designated a National Landmark. As one of our founding Board Members, Laatsch guided the formation of the Belgian Heritage Center, created to tell the Belgian immigrants’ stories. We will dearly miss and always remember Dr. Laatsch.

New T-Shirt Designs!

New T-Shirt Designs!

BHC is now offering two new t-shirt designs.  Adult and youth sizes are available.  Stop in at BHC or order online on the Merchandise tab of this website.  See the PDF below for all merchandise available for online purchase.  Much more is available at BHC including custom designed Art Glass by Gary Chaudoir.

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BHC on YouTube

BHC on YouTube

Every two weeks, a new video is available at BHC's YouTube channel.  Our most recent additions include a booyah video and a funny story about the arrival of the steam engine.  Be sure to subscribe to our channel - more videos will be released soon!

BHC on YouTube

Great Fire Books Available at BHC

Great Fire Books Available at BHC

The Brown County Historical Society release, "The Great Fires in Wisconsin of 1871", is a reprint of eye witness accounts of the fire reported by Frank Tilton in 1871 plus two modern day analyses of the fire.  "When the Night Rained Fire", a book by Virginia Feld Johnson, covers the fire and its aftermath in Kewaunee County. Books are available by visiting BHC or the Merchandise page of this website.

Contact Information

Belgian Heritage Center
1255 County DK/PO Box 173
Brussels, Wisconsin 54204
920-825-7319

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