Connecting people with Beloit’s history to inspire an inclusive, informed, and engaged community.
Our goal is to be the center for sharing Beloit’s unique and diverse history.
Currently on display at the Lincoln Center...
...is the story of African-American Civil War veterans from Beloit. Based on information from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and other sources, Beloit is credited with providing over 700 troops during the Civil War; of which six were African Americans.
Those who served are:
Peter D. Thomas – Private, 18th US Colored Infantry, Co H
John Strothers – Corporal, 18th U.S. Colored Infantry, Co I
James Reed – Corporal, 18th U.S. Colored Infantry, Co U
Richard Burton – Private, 49th U.S. Colored Infantry, Co I
William Reed – Private, 29th U.S. Colored Infantry, Co F
Moses Nelson – Corporal, 18th U.S. Colored Infantry, Co U
Be sure to stop in and visit, and volunteer at the Beloit Historical Society. We need you!
As always, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The Lincoln Center
The heart of the Beloit Historical Society and home to over 30,000 individual pieces of Beloit's rich past, here one can take a step back into the early day's of the city's history.
This unique homestead, on Beloit's far westside, was built in 1857 by James Hanchett. It was home to the society in the 60's and 70's, and is now fully restored to its original 19th Century glory.
The brief history and current roster of who the Beloit Historical Society are as well as photographs from over the years can be found here. MORE
Genealogy & Stories
Submit any known information you have on your family or stories about Beloit here and help us build a database of the families of Beloit and surrounding areas! MORE
Books for sale about and from Beloit area residents are available for purchase. See what new books we have available and buy one today. MORE