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Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:55

Beloit’s ‘crown jewel’

Written by  Staff Writer
This historic photo features the ski jump that once was located in Big Hill Park in Beloit. Welty Environmental Center will offer a free lecture about the park on Saturday, April 21. This historic photo features the ski jump that once was located in Big Hill Park in Beloit. Welty Environmental Center will offer a free lecture about the park on Saturday, April 21. Photo submitted

BELOIT — Beloit College archivist Fred Burwell will present “The History of Beloit’s ‘Crown Jewel’: Big Hill Park,” during an April 21 lecture at the Welty Environmental Center in Big Hill Park.

The 130-year journey through Beloit’s largest park will start with the early history of the park, from Beloit College professor James J. Blaisdell’s initial vision through later controversy over disposition of the land.

Burwell’s talk also will examine over a century of activity at the park, including the early 20th century festival held annually by Beloit College known as Big Hill Day, the stonework constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and the famous ski jump towering over the hill, as well as the recent move to Big Hill Park by the Welty Environmental Center.

The free Earth Day lecture will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. After the lecture, the Friends of Welty Environmental Center will hold their annual meeting. The public is welcome.

To reserve a spot for the lecture, call 608-362-6212 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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