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The Society will BE:

Seen as the

PORTAL TO ROCK COUNTY HISTORY

by offering an orientation to the County’s rich past by offering

immersive experiences on its campus and throughout Rock County.

Offers a

UNIQUE HISTORICAL SETTING

for guests and businesses alike to create their own history via private rental

events and strategic planning services.

A

COMMUNITY

space that fosters dialogue, encourages discovery and creates a relaxing learning environment for local

citizens of all ages.

A vibrant

TOURIST DESTINATION

that compliments other Rock County cultural attractions that draws visitors from

throughout the Midwest.

A

VOCAL ADVOCATE

for historic preservation, collection material culture and

SHARING STORIES

from all walks of life to

convey the importance of preserving the past.

An

ECONOMIC CATALYST

that aids in the revitalization and growth of Janesville, Wisconsin and the greater Rock

County community.

With attendance as a key metric to the Plan’s success, a goal of 25,000 visitors annually directs the goals above and

strategies detailed further in this document.

OUR GOALS

Founded as a 501c3 nonprofit agency to promote Rock

County’s past.

Signs lease with City of Janesville to operate the new

Lincoln-Tallman House Museum. Museum opens.

Project 640 begins; a $640,000 campaign to restore

the interior and exterior of the Lincoln-Tallman House.

Focus 96’begins; a $500,000 campaign to acquire

and expand the residence aa 426 N. Jackson Street

into the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center.

Ad-hoc committee completes the Tallman Business Plan,

a strategy to create economic sustainability for the

Lincoln-Tallman House Museum.

RCHS launches its three-phase, 15-year Strategic Plan,

positioning the organization for sustainable long-term

success by launching innovative programming and

creative earned-income opportunities.

1948:

1951:

1992:

1996:

2010:

2015:

The Rock County Historical Society is positioned to be seen as a

new HISTORY and HERITAGE resource in Rock County.

RCHS TIMELINE

John Gross- First President of RCHS, 1951.

RCHS Archives