Ongoing Exhibits

Meet Our Anthropologists, Beloit and Beyond, and Anthropology: Past and Present

Three new permanent exhibits were developed in collaboration with Beloit students and faculty and were installed in the first floor gallery in fall 2023. Current and prospective students are invited to Meet Our Anthropologists and discover the many experiential and active anthropology opportunities available at Beloit College. Beloit and Beyond highlights the diverse career trajectories realized by Anthropology graduates. And  Anthropology at Beloit: Past and Present critically examines the founding, development, and teaching focus of the museum and its collections. Trustee Frank Logan founded the museum that bears his name in 1894 with a gift of 3,000 objects and instructions that they are used in teaching.

“History of Man” Murals

Around the perimeter of the second floor Shaw Gallery, above the display cases, is a series of twelve mural paintings. Entitled “The History of Man,” these murals were created between 1924 and 1926 by Chicago artist John Warner Norton (1876-1934) and were commissioned by Mr. Frank G. Logan specifically for the museum. They depict various periods in human history relating to the composition of the Museum collections. The museum also possesses study paintings for the murals. 

Study Drawers 

The center of the second floor Shaw Gallery features banks of study drawers that provide visitors the opportunity to explore regional archaeological artifacts mini-exhibits curated by Museum Studies students. 

Memorial Hall’s Civil War History

A sepia-tone image of the Logan Museum.

The Logan Museum of Anthropology is housed in Memorial Hall, which was erected in 1869 in memory of graduates, students, and residents of Beloit who died in the Civil War. Placed on the walls of the first floor are two marble plaques, one displaying the names of 43 “men of Beloit who fell for their country,” the other names of 46 “sons of Beloit College who died for law and liberty.” 

College Archivist Fred Burwell wrote a more detailed history of the building that appeared in the Beloit Magazine in June 1994.

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