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A Lunch Break to Educate | Monthly, September - May

Beloit Historical Society
845 Hackett St, Beloit, WI 53511

Sponsored by Visit Beloit
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A Lunch Break to Educate Series
Learn while you enjoy a box lunch and drink - brought to you by the Beloit Historical Society and Visit Beloit! Reserve your place by mail, stop in at the Lincoln Center (845 Hackett St. Monday-Friday from 12-4 PM), or reserve your seats via PayPal below. Make checks payable to: Beloit Historical Society.
With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice
Facilitator: Dorothy Marcic, playwright and professor at Columbia College
April 14, 2018, noon to 1 p.m.
$20 per person, reserve in advance
Includes lunch and a beverage
Register by April 9.
Dorothy Marcic writes about a crime that has troubled her since she was a teenager: The 1970 murder of her uncle Vernie in Oregon, WI. The official story: The uncle's second wife Suzanne shot him - and it never made sense to Dorothy. This program will reflect on female serial killers and how their motivations often differ from male serial killers. How Wisconsin corruption affected the outcome of the case. How a murder affects the entire family and community.
"When is Daddy Coming Home"
Richard Haney, professional historian
April 21, 2018, noon to 1 p.m.
$20 per person, reserve in advance
Includes lunch and a beverage
Register by April 18.
Richard Haney, a professional historian, was only four years old when the telegram arrived at his family's home in Janesville, WI. That moment, when Haney learned of his father's death in the final months of fighting, changed his and his mother's life forever. Richard's story explores the impact of war on an American family. Richard illuminates life on the home front in small-town America and describes how profoundly the war changed such communities.
Spirits of the Earth
Facilitator: John Broihahn, Wisconsin State Archaeologist
May 19, 2018, noon to 1 p.m.
$20 per person, reserve in advance
Includes lunch and a beverage
Register by May 17.
May is Wisconsin's Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month. Wisconsin's Historic Preservation Month provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the important historic places that give meaning to our lives and a sense of place to our communities. These important places serve as classrooms and play an important role in our state's tourism economy.
"People of the Big Voice"
Facilitator: Michael Schmudlach, WI Historical Society
May 30, 2018, noon to 1 p.m.
$20 per person, reserve in advance
Includes lunch and a beverage
Register by May 28.
"People of the Big Voice" tells the visual history of the Ho-Chunk families at the turn of the century and beyond as depicted through the lens of Black River Falls photographer Charles Van Schaick. Sisters, friends, families and young couples appear, fleshing out a narrative of the period, from 1879 to 1942, referred to as "the dark ages" in Indian tribal history. "People of the Big Voice" is a breathtaking portrayal of a resilient community whose story continues today. It is a significant contribution to the history of the Native peoples.

Volunteer Lunch | April 11, 2018

Lincoln Center, 845 Hackett St, Beloit, WI 53511


Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon + Program
Wednesday, April 11 at noon
FREE for Beloit Historical Society Volunteers
Call us or email us to let us know you're coming by March 30!: 608-365-7835, 608-314-6289 or email us
Please join us for a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Antje Petty, Associate Director from the Max Kade Institute at UW-Madison, will present us with "From Humble Stew to Elegant Kaffee" - The Art of Nineteenth Century German American Cookery.

Annual Meeting | May 4, 2018

Beloit Historical Society
845 Hackett St, Beloit, WI 53511
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Register by April 24.
Dinner Selection
2018 Annual Meeting + An Evening with Tim McKearn
We've accomplished a number of great things in 2017 and made good progress on our strategic plan. Join us at the Lincoln Center to hear all about it at our annual meeting. Following the meeting and dinner, Beloiter Tim McKearn, will share stories of Beloit, all of them featuring at least one McKearn.
Evening Schedule:
5:30 pm - Appetizers
6 pm - Annual Meeting (open to all members, free)
6:30 pm - Dinner + Dessert
7:30 pm - Program


All members are requested to participate in the annual meeting. Attendance is free to just attend the meeting. A proxy ballot is included if you are unable to attend in person.

Members and guests are invited to join us for dinner and program at the conclusion of the annual meeting. Your attendance benefits the Society.
We will start the evening with time to chat over appetizers, then enjoy a served dinner catered by Knute's. Guests have a choice of stuffed pork chop with burgundy mushroom sauce,chicken breast supreme, or Broccoli Alfredo. Both entrees are served with salad, vegetable and potato.
Tim McKearn
Tim McKearn is a 5th generation member of a sprawling Irish clan that can trace its roots in the stateline area back to the late 1800s. He's also a big fan of Beloit! He and his wife live in the old McKearn family home on Riverside Drive (which has been in the family since 1905) where they raised their two sons, Mike, 31 and Pat, 27. The story of the McKearn family mirrors the ebb and flow of American history (like so many other families) and Tim will spend some time introducing us to some of the more memorable characters in his family tree. You can expect a little bit of Irish humor with smatterings of local and national history mixed in for good measure.
Tim's civic service includes leading Hands of Faith, Downtown Beloit Association, Visit Beloit, St. Vincent de Paul, and Beloit Catholic High School. He is now beginning his first term on the Board of The Stateline Community Foundation.

Elliott Perring Sports Hall of Fame | June 14, 2018

Rotary River Center
1160 Riverside Drive, Beloit, WI 53511
6 p.m.

Register by June 1.
Elliott Perring Sports Hall of Fame
Dinner and Induction
Evening Schedule:
Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Induction Program: 7 p.m.


Tickets are $30 each and must be purchased by June 1, 2018

Proceeds benefit the Beloit Historical Society

Heritage Days Festival | September 9, 2018

Lincoln Center Grounds, 845 Hackett St, Beloit, WI 53511