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Education

Here at the Rock County Historical

Society we highly value learning,

especially when it’s done in fun,

innovative ways. In 2015, RCHS

embarked on many fronts to make our

collective history more relatable,

accessible, and downright enjoyable

to everyone. We were fortunate to

have two awesome summer interns

who helped us design and implement

new programming, some of which you

will have the chance to experience

this year. We are excited for the course

we are currently on and we cannot

wait to show you everything we have

planned in the years to come!

A new, hands-on exhibition rooted in discovering the odd,

unique and special collections of Rock County, Caches &

Curious offered that and so much more! The history of how

the first museums were created was offered as a framework,

but it was the natural, American and local history collections

that were on display that captivated and educated

audiences of all ages.

A new partnership between the Society and local artists

created Art with Heart, an arts awareness and social benefit

program that uses art to further the mission of a Rock County

nonprofit in need. In its inaugural year, Art with Heart supported

the mission of Project 16:49, a nonprofit focused on finding

shelter for homeless teens. Through the sale of youth art at the

Tallman Arts Festival, Art with Heart raised $1,000 towards this

important mission.

A new, hands-on, free geocaching program, Cache Quest,

was created in partnership with Visit Beloit to create and place

multiple historic caches around the Beloit and Janesville

communities. By using geocaching, an interactive, team

building activity, the Society is diving head first into a new

strategy of using history to engage new audiences.

ROCK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY VISIT BELOIT

635

third grade students

visited

the

Frances Willard School

19 History Campers

came and

experienced local history

301 people

went on our Walking Tours

around Janesville

Over

100 people

came to the October,

Chill at Oak Hill program

Over

40 historic Rock County

locations

were logged on “the clio”, a

new walking tour app we use

33 Cache Quest caches

were placed

all around Rock County

1 awesome new exhibit

, Caches and

Curios went up

SO HOW SUCCESSFUL WERE

WE IN 2015? THESE NUMBERS

SHOULD HELP YOU GET A

BETTER PICTURE.

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