Where Past Meets Present

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About Us

Artifacts & Exhibits

Our exhibits serve to educate, inspire and entertain. Designed by our professional staff who gather an array of objects, a compelling narrative, and add a touch of creativity, our exhibitions aim to bridge past to present while serving as an educational tool for teachers and students in Rock County.

Crafting Excellence Exhibit

Crafting Excellence

Crafting Excellence: The History of Pauline Pottery & Pickard China tells the story of superior ceramic craftsmanship, the decorative art of Pauline Pottery and Pickard China.

New Exhibit: History in Focus

Throughout history, images have captured stories. That’s why in 2017, the Rock County Historical Society is focusing on capturing your images and stories. Enter our Victorian-era photography studio and snap a picture while dressed to the nines. View historic paintings. And admire the beautiful artifacts. You’ll experience all this and more, as we explore our theme of History in Focus: Sharing Stories. Supporting Community.

History in Focus: The Exhibit

Our Artifacts

Every object has a story. Comprised of all shapes and sizes, the Society’s vast artifact collections contain everything from political pins to art and even an Iron Horse! Our collections that were previously showcased primarily in our exhibits are now available in online galleries. Easy online access gives the Rock County community a chance to gain an immediate understanding of our many treasures.

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Upcoming Events



51 S Main St
Janesville, WI 53545 United States
September 9 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am



316 S. Main St.
Janesville, WI 53545 United States
September 30 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm



426 North Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53547 United States
July 20 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Our Mission


The Rock County Historical Society enriches and engages the communities in Rock County, Wisconsin through preservation and dissemination of the unique history and heritage of our area.

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Upcoming Events

Visit Us

Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center
426 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 756-4509

Charles Tallman Archives
430 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 752-5891

Lincoln Tallman House
440 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 756-4509