De Pere History

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Many of us proud residents of De Pere know of its rich history, thanks to resources from organizations like the De Pere Historical Society and the White Pillars Museum. These resources often consist of old photos, vital records, and news stories. But when it comes to the history of a community, I also look at a couple of additional dimensions:

So with that in mind, I seek to find and share these stories here on this page. If you have suggestions for additions, let me know.

The Walleye Run is almost in full swing on the Fox River in De Pere, Wisconsin, and the waterways are a mess! I've made it my MISSION, JOB, ADVENTURE, LIVING (etc) to go into local rivers and lakes to clean up the mess and mishaps of us humans.


On today's episode, we went back up to de pere and pulled and all nighter in search of some walleye! The bite was pretty inconsistent but we got a lot of numbers however not a lot of size yet. Enjoy!


MONSTER WALLEYES were jumping in the boat!


Driving and walking in beautiful towns of Wisconsin


John McGivern loved visiting both sides of downtown, the only Norbertine College in the world, making his own blend at Luna Coffee, opening the manual lock on the Fox Locks system and tasting all that Seroogy’s Chocolates has to offer.


De Pere Historical Society - De Pere is known for its large bridge spanning the Fox River and connecting the east and west sides. On the 15th anniversary of the current bridge, the City of De Pere and the De Pere Historical Society are taking a look back at the history of bridges in the City.


Welcome, from Mayor Boyd. The City of De Pere offers an exceptional quality of life for the more than 25,000 people who call our city home. Located five miles south of Green Bay, De Pere is a dynamic, forward-thinking community on the banks of the historic and industrious Fox River. De Pere is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in Wisconsin. Whether you're visiting, finding space to open a business, or putting down permanent roots to live or work here, there is something for everyone in our vibrant city. Welcome to De Pere!


This video showcases aerial shots of 3 beautiful historic buildings in De Pere, WI, including the Main Hall of St Norbert College! Significant in the history of De Pere, these buildings are well-preserved and worthy of appreciation. I used the DJI Air 2s drone to get aerial video of these buildings. The first structure is currently functioning as a small museum, and was built in the Greek Revival style of the 19th century. Next, is a Dutch Colonial house along the river on a public walkway. Last is a Romanesque Revival hall, the center point of the St Norbert College campus.


On Sunday, May 16, 2021, Mike Walsh, former mayor of the City of De Pere, was granted an honorary degree by St. Norbert College for his many contributions to the city and the greater community. This video is queued up to the spot where the college recognized Mayor Walsh, with a short history of his contributions.


A history of the Union Hotel, built in 1883. By Open Road Adventures with Kim.


In 2021, St. Norbert College started a video series titled "Behind The Arch", in which they shine a light on the folks from the college. Staff from the office of Alumni and Parent Relations share interesting information about the history of the college and the area.


This is a nice video of De Pere by air, filmed at night in December 2020. By Green Bay Media.


This is a quick video recorded by a drone flying over downtown De Pere in April 2020. By Bill Anders.


Looking for some excitement and family fun in the winter months? Want to get out and enjoy the snow on a beautiful day? We've got your back. Grab your sled (or snowboard) and come enjoy the awesome sledding hills in De Pere. We offer a couple moderate- and smaller-sized hills, as well as a large community sledding hill for your enjoyment.


This is a tour of the mansion at 807 N Broadway. By Visible Tour.


Downtown De Pere is definitely great for businesses, customers, entertainment, activities, education, staying, and living.


Here's a look at just some of the beautiful sites in De Pere, Wisconsin.


This is a flyover of historic homes on the Fox River. By Ryan Reinke.


When Main Hall was built in 1903, the niche above the front doors was left empty, which is how it stood for over 100 years. In 2006, a statue of Mary was placed there. Ten years later, the statue of Mary was replaced with a statue of Norbert.


This is a video of a truck driver, riding his Honda Goldwing through the city. By JBG Travels.


In 1999, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and its first pastor Fr. Conrad Kratz produced this video of the history of the parish. This film provides a broader history of the Catholic church on the west side of De Pere, including St. Joseph (the French), St. Boniface (the Dutch) and St. Norbert College parishes.


An investigation at the Union Hotel. The Union House Hotel is the oldest continuously operated hotel in the area. The hotel was begun just one year after a catastrophic fire destroyed almost all of the older commercial buildings on Broadway. The fire consumed three of the city's older hotels, creating a demand for lodging that led Nicholas Altmayer to construct this hotel beginning in 1883. Two years later, Altmayer doubled the size of the building and in 1903 his son, Fred Altmayer, added a third story. By Zondra Mae.


This video is a 12-minute drive through snowy De Pere in February 2011. By Scott Crevier.


In this video, which was recorded in 1992, a man named Steve and woman visit many locations in De Pere, including St. Norbert Abbey, St. Norbert College, White Pillars Museum, Irwin School, and others.