Dedicated to the preservation, restoration and interpretation of Beloit's rich history
The vision of the Beloit Historical Society is to make history a focal point of community pride and to serve as a constant reminder to the community of its great and diverse heritage.
Featuring period trees from the late 1800s and from these downtown businesses:
- Attic Quilts - "Cozy Cabin Christmas"
- Bushel & Pecks - "Christmas Harvest"
- The Cheese People - "Hickory Dickory Dock"
- The Nest Egg - It's a Warm & Fuzzy Christmas"
- The Villager - "The Milagro Tree"
The Beloit Historical Society invites the public to a Christmas Open House at the historic Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead, located at 2149 St. Lawrence Road on Beloit’s west side. This beautiful 1857 home will be decorated in her best Christmas finery! Every room will feature Christmas trees, which will be decorated as they would have been from the late 1800’s until current times.
Music will be provided by Gloria Mathews, playing the pump organ; and Mary Kate and Emily Scordato, playing the flute and harp. Photos with Santa in his sleigh will be on Sunday, December 8th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Cookies, hot cocoa and cider will be served.
Nancy Wallace, President of the Beloit Historical Society Board states; “You won’t want to miss this event! We have some fun new additions this year; including photos with Santa in a Victorian sleigh. In addition to our historical trees, there will be five very unique Christmas trees on display, decorated just for the Hanchett-Bartlett Christmas Open House by downtown businesses. We will have Christmas stories for the children, music, and hot cocoa & cookies. It’s a wonderful way to start the holiday season!”
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.
The unique homestead built in 1857 by James Hanchett and restored to its original glory in every way, is a perfect chance to truly experience life in 19th century Beloit.
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