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Putting Down Roots | A four-part series

845 Hackett Street, Beloit, WI 53511

Putting Down Roots
Putting Down Roots

Learn about Beloit's immigrants through their eyes...

The Beloit Historical Society, in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, will host a four-part series on Beloit's changing population. These educational sessions will include ethnic food samples, native speakers, artifacts, clothing, and more.

Cost is $13 per session for members and $15 for non-members. Purchase all four together for $45 or $55 respectively. Use the PayPal button below to pay online or call our office between noon and 4 p.m. at 608-365-7835. Email or call us with questions!

If you are purchasing seats at only one session, please indicate the session by choosing it in the option dropdown.

Putting Down Roots Session
Single Session Selection
As It Was in the Beginning: Native Americans & First Settlers of Beloit

Saturday, January 28: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$13 members, $15 non-members

African Americans Settle in Beloit

Saturday, February 25: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$13 members, $15 non-members

The Tide of Immigration Begins

Saturday, March 25: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$13 members, $15 non-members

Beloit: New Home to Hispanic Immigrants

Saturday, April 29: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$13 members, $15 non-members

Guest Speaker: Cecilia Ramirez, Coordinator, Latino Services Pro-vider Coalition. Original stories related by the Hispanic popula-tion.

John Sabaka: Come listen to the stories of the pre-Columbian In-cas, the Spanish Conquest in the Americas, the Spanish Empire and the Hispanic immigration to the United States.

The Even Start Dancers will perform and demonstrate basic Hispanic dance steps!
Taste Ethnic Food Samples!

Annual Meeting and Laura Ingalls Wilder Reenactment | May 19, 2017

845 Hackett Street, Beloit, WI 53511

Laura Ingalls Wilder signature
Annual Meeting, 5:30-6 p.m.

The annual meeting of the Beloit Historical Society will be held at the start of the evening. All members are requested to attend. You do not have to attend the dinner and presentation to participate in the annual meeting. All members have voting rights.

Members who wish to attend only the annual meeting portion of the evening, please mention your intent at registration.

Please Select:

Annual Meeting Agenda
  • Welcome
  • Approval of 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes
  • Strategic Plan Presentation
  • Activity Report
  • Financial Report
  • Election of Board Members
  • Adjournment
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Choice of ham or baked chicken
  • Baked beans
  • Green beans
  • Roasted red potatoes
  • Cornbread with honey butter
  • Slab pie
  • Wine, beer, coffee and water
Laura Ingalls Wilder; Road to the Little House

Generations of children and adults worldwide have been fascinated by the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her "Little House" series was the basis for a successful television series. But how did her life really evolve? What motivated her to put her experiences to paper? In this First Impressions presentation by Jessica Michna you will meet Mrs. Wilder, older, wiser and reflecting back on her life.. She will tell you her life story and how she came to produce her literary works.

Laura Ingalls Wilder impersonator

For over fifteen years Jessica Michna has been captivating audiences of all ages with her portrayals of notable women of history. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jessica Michna developed a love of American history at an early age, visiting the many Revolutionary and Civil War sites in the area. Jessica has a degree in psychology from the UW system and worked as a research and teaching assistant. Then after several years in the healthcare field Jessica decided to return to her two great loves, history and the theater.Currently Jessica portrays five Presidential First Ladies and nine other notable women. Her latest character, Golda Meir, will debut this September.

Stateline Small Museums Conference | May 20, 2017

Beloit, WI 53511

Stateline Small Museums Conference Logo
Visit the Stateline Small Museums Conference website for detials and to register.

Pioneer Pretties: Posies on a Fence | May 27, 2017

845 Hackett Street, Beloit, WI 53511

1-4 p.m.

Posies on a Fence
Pioneer Pretties: Posies on a Fence
May 27, 2017 at 1 p.m.

$35.00 per person

32nd Annual Elliott-Perring Sports Hall of Fame | June 8, 2017

La Casa Grande Banquet Hall, 618 Fourth St, Beloit, WI 53511

32nd Annual Elliott-Perring Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6 p.m.
$30 per person (proceeds to benefit the Beloit Historical Society)
  • 6 p.m. Reception and Cash bar
  • 6:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner
  • 7 p.m. Induction Ceremony
The 2017 Inductees are:
  • Dave Achtemeier
  • Darius Jones
  • Jennifer Pozzani
  • Peter Scalia
  • Jerry Toubl
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Don Knezel

Victorian Secrets: Tea and Tarts | June 24, 2017

845 Hackett Street, Beloit, WI 53511

1:30 p.m.

Victorian Fashions
Victorian Secrets: Tea and Tarts
June 24, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
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Leslie Bellais with the Wisconsin Historical Society will present Victorians' Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear - The secret behind Victorians' tiny waists and will explore how women's undergarments reflected societal values. The presentation includes a slightly risqué PowerPoint presentation and possibly a chance to see examples of Victorian underwear from the Society's collection.