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About Us - The Beloit Historical Society

Dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of Beloit's rich history.

The Beloit Historical Society, founded in 1910, is the oldest historical society in Rock County, Wisconsin. Headquartered on the west side of town, the society manages two sites - The Lincoln Center and the Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead. The Beloit Historical Society is comprised of five buildings and an area of 30 acres. Programs and events of community interest are held throughout the year at both facilities. Our schedule of events is available at the Lincoln Center or on our Events page.

The current location of the Beloit Historical Society is at the Lincoln Center, located in the heart of the Beloit Community. Its location sits upon the space once occupied by Lincoln Junior High School from 1921 to 1985.

In 2014, the Society Restated its Articles of Incorporation and revised its By-Laws. They were approved by the membership at the annual meeting; the By-Laws were amended in 2016.

Click here to read our Collections Management Policy.

Click here to read our Conservation Assessment.

Click here to read our Facilities Assessments.

Click here to read our Strategic Plan Report 2017-2019.

Click here to go to the 2022-2023 Strategic Plan Download Link

Beloit Historical Society 2021 990 forms

Beloit Historical Society 2020 990 forms

Beloit Historical Society 2019 990 forms

Beloit Historical Society Board of Directors


Rick Dexter


Jackie Jackson

Vice President

Tom Larsen


Teri Downing

Past President

Board of Directors

Robert Blakely
Richard Gerhard
Ellen Joyce
Mark Preuschl
Betsy Schmiechen


Donna Langford

Executive Director

Sharon Green

Administrative Assistant

Diane Ray

Collection Archivist