Hometown Heroes

2015 Hometown Heroes Honorees Lorenzo Henderson, Fannie B. Byrd, Judy Mc Gregory and Andre Sayles. This year included a tribute in memory of Jeanette Henry.

In celebration of Black History month the Angel Museum, in 2003 decided to recognize local African Americans for their personal achievements and contributions to the Greater Beloit Community. Honorees are selected from persons nominated by the public, and presented at the annual Hometown Heroes Luncheon. To date there has been more then 80 recipients.


We would be pleased to have you share with us in celebration as we honor our 2014 HOMETOWN HEROES Shirley Brickson Alberta Francis Jessie Harrell Rodney Lockhart Barbara Selmer Bobbie Wilson

[box]When: Friday, March 28th, 2014 Time: 11:00 am Mix and Mingle in the Museum, 12:00 pm Awards and  Luncheon Cost:  $25 per person Location: Angel Museum, 656 Pleasant St, Beloit WI Please RSVP by March 19th Please include check with RSVP[/box]

Please join us in celebrating our Hometown Heroes. All are welcomed. The Hometown Heroes Awards Luncheon was started in 2003 in order to recognize  African Americans who have made significant contributions to life in Beloit and surrounding areas. Beloiters are rightfully proud of our African-American history. As in any community though there are significant contributions made by gifted, caring and hard-working individuals that too often go unacknowledged. The Angel Museum is exceedingly proud and thankful for these members of the community we share together. We’re glad to be able to recognize these individuals for their selfless and frequently anonymous contributions. They’re our Beloit Angels.

Past Hometown Heroes



  • Carol Hendrix
  • Anita Roseanna Quince-Perteete
  • Dr. Kelly McGregory
  • Dr. Richard C. McGregory Jr
  • The Rev. Charles E. Jones
  • Vicky Ivy
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  • Ralph Birkley
  • Bob Gilliam
  • Dr. J.B. Elzy
  • Janet Elzy
  • Eugene Relerford
  • John Peterson
  • Ludean Lockhart
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  • Dr. John Y. Odom
  • Jim Caldwell
  • Marsha Anderson
  • J. Wayne Hyler
  • Jim Gordon
  • Rev. Floyd Prude Jr.
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  • Dr. Carlton Jenkins
  • Valerie Carter-Brown
  • Dorothy Harrell
  • Angela & Darian Snow
  • Regina & Tom Dunkin
  • Donald Buggs
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  • Dr. Dennis Baskin
  • Joseph D. Hill
  • Lottie Seals Cotton
  • Patricia A. Majeed
  • LaMont Weaver
  • Kyle Weaver
  • Robert Weaver
  • Shel’se Weaver
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  • Wanda Sloan
  • Marilyn Kilgore
  • Regina Prude
  • George Williams
  • Virginia Williams
  • Elizabeth Tardola
  • Barbara Milsap Marrow
  • Hugo Henry
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  • Don Wilson
  • Irma Bradford
  • Booker & Carolyn Street
  • Kevin Leavy
  • Clarence & Carolyn Bolten
  • Linda Ward


  • Sadie Loraine Bell
  • George Harrel
  • Mardie Farr
  • Mardella Shipp
  • Kenneth Golden
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  • Pastor Charles F.Hereford
  • Eddie Farr
  • Evelyn O’Kelley
  • Richard McGregory
  • Walter Ingram
  • Dr. Brenda Atlas
  • Leon Davidson
  • Richard Gupton
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  • Sallie Adams
  • Walter Knight
  • Jerry Kenney
  • Carl [Pete] Edwards
  • Odel Thompson
  • Maxine Givhan
  • Robert Wilson
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  • Barbara Hickman
  • Charles Tubbs
  • Cathy Pollard
  • Forrest[Lefty] Hall
  • Otha Williams
  • Diane Henry
  • Everett Henry

24 Nov 2013

Ribbon Cutting

Angel Museum Ribbon Cutting The Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on October 15, 2013 at the Angel Museum to celebrate a new awning for the nearly 100 year old building. The new awning, made possible through donations, gives a wonderful new entrance to the museum and adds visual appeal to the entrance of downtown Beloit. In addition, the Angel Museum is celebrating 15 years of operations. Joyce Berg “The Angel Lady” cuts the ribbon surrounded by volunteers and Chamber ambassadors on a rainy October day. All enjoyed refreshments afterwards at our own Taste of Heaven Café.   Congratulations! Angel Museum Ribbon Cutting

15 Aug 2012

Angel number 15

Berg Angel #15Isn’t it mind boggling and wonderful that there are so many different ways artist can portray angels as figurines. These differences were probably part of what drew Lowell and I to start collecting only angels.

Also, just looking at the intricate formed faces of the figurines can make you smile and feel good.

One of our first angels was found at Rue Royal Antiques as we wandered old New Orleans.

The shop was full of antiques of all kinds and had narrow aisles for browsing. We asked the jovial owner if she had any angel figurines. She took us to the back of the shop to a bowed glass front case full of breakable items and started reaching toward the back of the top shelf. I held my breath and put out my hands to the front of the shelf in case things started moving too far forward. She lifted out a sweet 4” porcelain angel holding an angel doll in one hand and laughingly said, “I think this angel has been there since 1947.” Judging by the clean spot left on the dusty shelf I’m sure it had indeed been there a long time.

This petite angel become number 15 on the Berg recorder keeping pages.

Birthday Party at the Angel MuseumOn August 9, 2011, a beautiful summer day, Jeanette Klotz of Maplepark, Il celebrated her 84th birthday with her four daughters and daughter in law. The women traveled to the Angel Museum for a fun celebration bringing a delicious picnic lunch in the serene Angel Museum garden.

The atmosphere of the sunken garden, under umbrella shade with flowering plants as centerpiece, presented a perfect oasis for this family celebration. Before lunch they had a tour of the Berg and Oprah collection. Picnic Angel MuseumLast year one of the sisters had come to the museum with a very small group of spa therapists on a Monday when the museum was closed. Even Joyce greeted this small group of women and one male.

The group enjoyed the experience so much that several days after returning home they still felt the serenity they had experienced while visiting the museum. One of the group, Jo Cessna decided the museum would be the perfect destination for her mother’ s celebration.

  Happy Birthday Jeanette Klotz and many more blissful days.