De Pere History


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.

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.


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


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.