Beloit Heritage Days Sep. 10-12, 2021

Beloit Heritage Days 2021

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This Passport is your guide for a history-hunting trek throughout the Beloit area as you explore over 15 free events and historic sites. Take this Beloit Heritage Days Passport along and get it stamped at 5 events to earn a FREE Turtle Sundae compliments of Culver’s of Beloit! Return your stamped passport to Visit Beloit, 656 Pleasant St., 8:30a-5p, M-F by Sept. 24 to receive a free Turtle Sundae coupon.

Thank you to the Stateline Community Foundation for supporting this event!

Friday, Sept. 10

Open House at Visit Beloit’s new headquarters in the former Angel Museum and St. Paul’s Catholic Church
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Visit Beloit, 656 Pleasant St. Come see how Visit Beloit is transforming this historical church into their new headquarters; www.visitbeloit.com

Discover Beloit and Beyond at one of the state’s busiest Welcome Centers
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Beloit Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center, I-39/I-90 WB/NB-Rest Area 22, Beloit. www.visitbeloit.com.

Beloit Historical Society Grand Reopening Ceremony & Open Hours
9:00 a.m. is ceremony, then we’re open until 6:00 p.m. 845 Hackett St. Beloit. Tour the new and improved Lincoln Center and view our new exhibits: The Veteran’s Hall showcases correspondence from Beloit soldiers as they wrote home during WWII and “The Soul of the Community: Baseball in Beloit”. 608-365-7835, beloithistoricalsociety.com

“History At The Confluence” Open House
11:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Nature At The Confluence and Rock River Trail Visitor Center, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit. Stop in to learn about the amazing history of the land at the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River. Learn about the Rock River Trail History Trail and Scenic and Historic Route; see “Ke-Chunk Ciporke”, a sculpture by Ho-Chunk artist Truman Lowe and learn about historic Ke-Chunk village. Refreshments served. Sale on Beloit and Rock River history books.; natureattheconfluence.com; 815-200-6910.

“Toy Story” Movie on the Big Lawn
Friday, Sept. 10 (Rain date Sun., Sept. 12), South end of Riverside Park near the Jones Pavilion. Activities and Vendors at 5:30 p.m.; Movie shown at dusk 7:15 p.m. Join us on Beloit’s beautiful riverfront for this family classic! Bring chairs and blankets. Get stamped at the Friends Of Riverfront table. Take a walk on the Beloit Heritage Walkway at the Harry C. Moore Pavilion. friendsofriverfront. com

Saturday, Sept. 11

Downtown Beloit Farmers’ Market
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Downtown Beloit, State St. and E. Grand Ave. The Beloit Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest and largest farmers’ markets in Wisconsin and is located in historic downtown Beloit. Get your stamp at the Downtown Beloit Association’s booth located at the intersection of State and Grand.

Discover Beloit and Beyond at one of the state’s busiest Welcome Centers
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Beloit Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center, I-39/I-90 WB/NB-Rest Area 22, Beloit. www.visitbeloit.com

Beloit Historical Society Grand Reopening
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 845 Hackett St. Beloit. Take a tour of the new and improved Lincoln Center and view our new exhibits: The Veteran’s Hall showcases correspondence from Beloit soldiers as they wrote home during WWII and “The Soul of the Community: Baseball in Beloit”. 608-365-7835, beloithistoricalsociety.com

History of Beloit Public Library
10:00 a.m., Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit Public Library has been operating for 125 years and its first building was donated by Andrew Carnegie. Historian Alex Carlson presents the history of this wonderful community resource. Join us for a talk and light refreshments. www.beloitlibrary.org

Food & Fun for the Family and Open House with Tours at Visit Beloit’s new headquarters
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 656 Pleasant St., Beloit. Come see how Visit Beloit is transforming this historical church into their new headquarters. The first 150 people to visit will enjoy a free sandwich and drink from 3 Chicks and a Truck. Dabadooya and Company will be face painting and balloon twisting for free. visitbeloit.com, 608- 365-4838

Fur Traders River Run Paddle Trip with Rocktown Adventures
10:00 a.m., Follow the path of the early fur traders who used the Rock River as a “commerce highway” to move their wares. Fur Trader Joseph Thibault’s cabin was located near your launch area, and you’ll paddle by the trading post in Macktown (now Rockton, IL) on the Rock River. Registration: $50 with paddling equipment, $20 if you have your own gear. Register: 815-636-9066 or online rocktownadventures.com/events/

Mammoths to Mounds: 13,000 Years of Native American History
1:00 p.m., Nature At The Confluence, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit. People have lived in the Rock River valley ever since the last ice age. Dr. Bill Green presents this program where you’ll learn how the latest archaeological discoveries are adding to our understanding of the area’s ancient residents. Free event with limited seating. Registration is required. natureattheconfluence.com; 815-200-6910.

“Through their Eyes: History of African Americans in Beloit 1836-1970” documentary screening
1:00 p.m., Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd. Beloit natives Jim and Cheryl Caldwell will be special guests as we view the documentary they created in 2011 to showcase the illustrious history of African American families and their challenges and triumphs in the city of Beloit from 1836 to 1970. They will share about making the documentary and guests from the film will be in attendance. Join us for light refreshments. www.beloitlibrary.org

Heritage Baking Contest by Beloit Historical Society
1:00 – 3:30 p.m., awards will begin at 3:00 p.m., 845 Hackett St. Do you have an awesome family recipe that has been passed down through the generations? Bake it up and bring it and the recipe and story. Join us for some yummy baked goods and vote for your favorite! Register for contest at beloithistoricalsociety.com or call 608-365-7835.

Big Hill Rocks and Walls with Welty Environmental Center
2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Big Hill Park. Join the Welty Environmental Center at Big Hill Park to learn more about the lives of rocks, including the glacial outwash that created Big Hill. We will hike down to the old quarry and explore the sediment layers. We will also learn about the people who lived in Big Hill Park and built the Model-T retaining wall of one of Big Hill’s more traveled paths. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at weltycenter.org or call 608-362-6212.

Bushnell Wheeler House Open House
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 542 Wheeler St., South Beloit, IL, Come tour this beautifully restored home which also has wonderful displays of Stateline history. John Patrick’s fascinating books about growing up in Beloit will be for sale. bushnellwheelerhome.com

Sunday, Sept. 12

Discover Beloit and Beyond at one of the state’s busiest Welcome Centers
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m, Beloit Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center, I-39/I-90 WB/NB-Rest Area 22, Beloit. www.visitbeloit.com

Beloit Historical Society Grand Reopening
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 845 Hackett St. Beloit. Take a tour of the new and improved Lincoln Center and view our new exhibits: The Veteran’s Hall showcases correspondence from Beloit soldiers as they wrote home during WWII and “The Soul of the Community: Baseball in Beloit”. 608-365-7835, beloithistoricalsociety.com

Discover The Women Of The Confluence
1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Nature At The Confluence, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit. Learn about the lives of the women who lived at the confluence of the Rock River and Turtle Creek… the Ho-Chunk women who made their homes here, fur traders wives and the settlers who arrived by wagon. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register at natureattheconfluence.com or call 815-200-6910

Tours and Live Music On The Steps Of The Castle
12:00-3:00 p.m., The Castle, 501 Prospect, Enjoy amazing music on the steps at of this historic, former church. Enjoy food, learn about the history of The Castle and enjoy a historic pipe organ demo in the acoustically perfect 1906 sanctuary. This is a great starting point for your walking tour of the Near East Side Historic District. www.thecastlebeloit.com, 608-362-1583

Heritage Sunday At Beckman Mill
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 11600 S County Rd H, Beloit. Mill tours, Broom making, blacksmithing, wood carvers, basket weavers, horse drawn wagon rides, Civil War soldiers, WWII and Viet Nam living history displays, collector show cars Kids activities: butter making, potato digging, blacksmithing and corn shelling. beckmanmill.org, 608-751-1551

Heritage Sunday is an annual event at Beckman Mill County Park, six miles west of Beloit. At the park, you will see an authentically restored 1868 grist mill, a dam, mill pond, fish ladder, and foot bridge. In addition, there is a saw mill display, 1840s cooperage, visitor center, gift shop, creamery, blacksmith shop, picnic shelter, vintage garden, and nature trail.

Heritage Sunday features a variety of demonstrations including: broom making, blacksmithing, wood carving, basket weaving, and more.

In addition to demonstrations, there is live music such as, concertina, violin, and banjo playing.

The museum and gift shop will be open, and there are special activities for kids including: butter making, digging for potatoes, blacksmithing, and corn shelling. Attendees can also enjoy horse drawn wagon rides and interacting with Civil War soldiers. There are also WWII and Vietnam living history displays, collector show cars, and other attractions.

Food and beverages will be for sale including, soda, water, and desserts. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated to help the Friends of Beckman Mill to continue their 30 year endeavor to maintain the buildings and educate about bygone times.


History of Beckman Mill

Beckman Mill

The showpiece of the park is the Beckman Mill, the restoration of which was completed in 1997 by the Friends of Beckman Mill’s volunteer work crew. It is operational with power being supplied by its original 1860s water driven Leffel turbine. In the event alternate power is needed, the mill can be operated by its vintage two-cylinder gasoline engine.

Tours are available Saturdays and Sundays May through September.

Beckman Mill Park
11450 S. Cty. Hwy. H, Beloit
P: (608) 757-5451
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