Where Past Meets Present

RCHS Collections

Since 1948, the Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving and caring for historical and cultural treasures of Rock County, Wisconsin. Each object in every collection tells a unique story of the community and its people.
Click on each collection category to view objects within each grouping; click the magnifying glass to view a larger image; click the individual object titles to discover more about each treasure.
Necklace

Necklace

Artifact #: GKT.911 Location: Master bedroom More information: Made of hair, with gold pendant.

Patterned quilt

Patterned quilt

Artifact #: 1977.22.3 Location: Quilt rack More information: 1885, velvets, silks and embroidery, signed by Etta Pond.

Gussie's Washstand

Washstand

Artifact #: 1991.25.7-9 Location: Gussie’s bedroom More information: Painted furniture, carved “CAT” under marble, bill for purchase.

Dr. Henry Palmer's surgical kit

Dr. Henry Palmer’s surgical kit

Artifact #: 1976.45.1 Location: Mc-16, shelf 1-C More information: Civil War “Fighting Surgeon.” Cherry wood case with six shallow ...

Drawing room suite

Drawing room suite

Artifact #: 1991.25.10-14 Location: Drawing room More information: Sofa, love seat, 2 arm chairs, 2 side chair, orginal upholstery, ...

Sewing table

Sewing table

Artifact #: 1986.27.2 Location: 2nd floor hall More information: Papier mache, mother of pearl, paint.

Bust - Margueritte

Bust – Margueritte

Artifact #: Location: More information: Italian marble of Marguerite, a character in Goethe’s “Faust” by A. Piazzo.

Statue, The Council of War

Statue – The Council of War

Artifact #: 1951.23. Location: Library More information: A Rogers Group showing President Abraham Lincoln with General Ulysses S. Grant ...

Oil painting

Oil painting – landscape

Artifact #: 1958.1.48 Location: Parlor More information: Artist: Maggie Travis Tallman

Etching - Lincoln & His Cabinet

Etching – Lincoln & His Cabinet

Artifact #: 1951.96.1 Location: 2nd Floor Hall More information: 1866, Artist: F.B. Carpenter

Statue - Three Graces

Statue – Three Graces

Artifact #: 1973.122.10 Location: Drawing Room More information: An alabaster grouping of the ancient godesses Juno, Venus and Minerva ...

Small piano

Small piano

Artifact #: 1969.152.2 Location: M6-16 2B More information: Schoenhut miniature piano.

Paper Cat Dolls & Stands

Paper Cat Dolls & Stands

Artifact #: 1969.152.11 Location: INV-M-71 More information: c.1890; each cat has a different outfit and fits inside stand.

Doll - China Head

Doll – China Head

Artifact #: 1972.31.4 Location: INV-M-111 More information: China head with blonde hair and blue eyes, c. 1900.

Doll "Alice"

Doll “Alice”

Artifact #: 1968.133.2 Location: INV-M-111 More information: “Alice” given to Alice Gannott in 1901 when she was about 5 ...

Janesville Coaster Wagon

Janesville Coaster Wagon

Artifact #: 1988.33. Location: MC-10 More information: Received by Richard J. Beck as a prize in 1922 from Wisconsin ...

Model airplanes

Model airplanes

Artifact #: 1999.9.5-.6 Location: INV-M-69 More information: Post WWII Model of a silver P38 Mustang

Toy Concrete Mixer

Toy Concrete Mixer

1929, iron and steel

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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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