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The Beloit Historical Society offers a selection of books to purchase. Below are the current selection of books for sale.

Counts are as of October 1, 2013

Make checks payable to Beloit Historical Society and mail to:
Beloit Historical Society
845 Hackett St.
Beloit WI 53511

Beloit High School Yearbooks



Below you can find a complete list of available yearbooks and their quantities we currently have. Contact us today if you'd like to order a yearbook from Beloit High School's past!

  • 1918 (2)
  • 1919 (5)
  • 1920 (4)
  • 1921 (1)
  • 1922 (6)
  • 1923 (2)
  • 1924 (1)
  • 1926 (1)
  • 1927 (1)
  • 1928 (1)
  • 1933 (2)
  • 1935 (2)
  • 1936 (2)
  • 1937 (2)
  • 1938 (1)
  • 1939 (2)
  • 1940 (1)
  • 1941 (6)
  • 1942 (7)
  • 1943 (3)
  • 1944 (3)
  • 1945 (2)
  • 1946 (1)
  • 1947 (4)
  • 1948 (6)
  • 1949 (4)
  • 1950 (5)
  • 1951 (5)
  • 1952 (1)
  • 1953 (1)
  • 1954 (2)
  • 1955 (2)
  • 1956 (3)
  • 1958 (1)
  • 1960 (1)
  • 1961 (1)
  • 1963 (5)
  • 1964 (3)
  • 1969 (1)
  • 1983 (3)
  • 1986 (3)
$20.00

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$5.00 for shipping

Beloit City Directories

Below you can find a complete list of available city directories from Beloit's past.

  • 1956 (1)
  • 1958 (1)
  • 1961 (1)
  • 1963 (1)
  • 1965 (3)
  • 1966 (1)
  • 1967 (1)
  • 1968 (2)
  • 1970 (1)
  • 1971 (2)
  • 1972 (1)
  • 1973 (2)
  • 1974 (3)
  • 1976 (4)
  • 1977 (3)
  • 1978 (3)
  • 1982 (1)
  • 1983 (2)
  • 1985 (2)
  • 1986 (3)
  • 1988 (1)
  • 1989 (1)
  • 1990 (1)
  • 1991 (1)
  • 1994 (1)
  • 1995 (1)
  • 1997 (1)
$20.00

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$5.00 for shipping

Century of a City

The Beloit Historical Society is proud to announce the publication of Century of a City, a photographic history of 20th Century Beloit. Produced by a committee of accomplished photographers and editorial and graphics professionals, this 120-page book will be a wonderful keepsake of the century that Beloit became a center of world-class manufacturing, thriving commerce, educational excellence, and cultural sophistication. Century of a City tells the story of its community through photographs of people, street scenes, structures both here and gone, and a diversity of pursuits, from education to business to recreation. The photographs have been carefully chosen from the archives of the Beloit Historical Society and Beloit College, and from the personal portfolios of gifted local photographers, such as the late Stuart D. Klinger.

120 page glossy paperback.

$25.00

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$2.50 for shipping

History of the Beloit Fire Department 1854-1982


compiled by Herb Christiansen

It has been 128 years since fire raged through several mercantile buildings on Turtle (now State) Street in the young and growing settlement of Beloit. Though there must have been earlier fires, the burning of E. D. Murray's store prompted the weekly Beloit Journal to comment on the "utter foolishness of the village to remain so long without necessary means of extinguishing fires and preventing their extension."

Whereupon, A. J. Battin, a former New York City fireman, organized a drive to raise money to buy the city its first "water witch" fire wagon and recruited a company of volunteers. That was Beloit's first "fire department." Not until 30 years later did the city have a central water system. And not until 1887 was the first paid force of firefighters established.

This book traces the history of Beloit's battle against fire. It is a story of the fire service from that beginning in 1854 to . . . [1982.] and it is a chronicle of the major fires dating back to the one that broke out the night of April 6, 1854, at the rear of E. D. Murray's store, supposedly the work of arsonists.

The story of firefighters, the fire apparatus, the firehouses, and the fires in Beloit's history might never have been so completely and accurately recorded, had it not been for Herbert V. (Christy) Christiansen. He was Beloit's 10th fire chief [under a paid department] and he retired in 1979.

Bill Behling, from the introduction

$5.00

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$2.50 for shipping

Permanent Reminder Calendar

A calendar that includes historical pictures of Beloit.

$10.00

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$2.50 for shipping

Pioneer Beloit


by Arthur L. Luebke

In Part I, the story of the Turtle Village during the last years of Indian occupancy and the Black Hawk War, the coming of the trader-trapper Joseph Tebo, and the determined efforts of Caleb Blodgett, Dr. Horace White, and a few score friends and neighbors to carve out a New England-type village at the confluence of Rock River and Turtle Creek during the first two years after their arrival. A painstaking reconstruction of life as it was actually lived at New Albany, later Beloit, almost on a day-to-day basis, gathered from pioneer documents, some newly discovered, others long-since forgotten.

In Part II, the chronological story of a century-old dispute over who named Beloit, what year it was named, and how the name was actually arrived at. The author reviews a fascinating controversy extending over several generations that at times assumed the proportions of a scandal, involving the veracity of several distinguished first settlers. By carefully marshalling all the pertinent evidence available, the author frees the record as much as possible from obvious historical errors and needless confusion, before summing up the evidence dealing with the mystery of Beloit's naming.

Written between 1830-1839, the book contains 44 illustrations

$5.00

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$2.50 for shipping

Sparks from the Flaming Wheel


Edited by Joseph W. Rhodes

A collection of personal reminisces by scores of contributors, "Sparks" is a unique document of Beloit history. Essays range from memories of local business and industry to recollections of family and childhood, and the volume is full of archival photographs. The editor Joseph Rhodes is past curator of the Beloit Historical Society, long-time educator and community leader.

$5.00

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$2.50 for shipping

Taming The Blue


By Marge Van Galder

Only 8 remaining!

About The Author
Marge Van Galder was married to the late Russel E. Van Galder during his four and a half decades in aviation. She was his ticket seller in barnstorming days, later airport office manager and ground school instructor. From her unique perspective, she is able to relate the development of aviation from the 1930's through the 1960's. Her dynamic writing style makes this a most enjoyable and informative book.

$10.00

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$2.50 for shipping

The Book of Beloit 1836-1936


Only 1 remaining!

$20.00

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$5.00 for shipping

Sounds of Beloit


This collection of articles appeared over a three year period in the Shopping News, the bore the title Remembering...because they recall a city and events almost forgotten, they are reprinted here for family, friends, and fellow Beloiters.

$2.00

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$2.50 for shipping

St. Jude Catholic arish Centennial History Book 1908-2008


Only 4 remaining!

$20.00

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$5.00 for shipping

The Good Old Days


Only 10 remaining!

This book is a log of recollections from the youth of John Patrick, a Beloit native, to share with you. If you grew up in Beloit or around this era, it will bring back some of your good old memories.

$10.00

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$2.50 for shipping

As I Recall....Stateline Memories


Only 7 remaining!

John Patrick is a lifelong resident of the Beloit stateline area, his books record his memories of people and places in the community in a light and entertaining manner.

$12.00

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$2.50 for shipping

Beloit Historic Survey August 1981


$2.00

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$2.50 for shipping

Other Books for Sale
  • Windows to Our Past - $20.00
  • The Round Barn, A Biography of an American Farm - Volume I - $25.00
  • The Round Barn, A Biography of an American Farm - Volume II - $25.00

Other Items for Sale
  • Beautiful Green Afgans (3) - $40.00
  • Postcards of Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead
  • Postcards of Beatrice Foods Plant by the Rock River
  • Postcards of "Urban Renewal", Broad and State
  • "A Neighborhood Stroll: A Self-Guided Tour of Beloit's Near East Side Historic District (6)