Where Past Meets Present

Focus In Friday: Women in a Male-Dominated Field

“To support the war effort some two thirds of the force women were women. Many of these performed jobs that up until that time had been held predominately by men. Approximately 4,500 people were employed by Fairbanks Morse during the peak years of war production.” -Fairbank Morse Memorabilia Room Four different women from four different departments […]

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Focus In Friday: Female Incarceration Rates on the Rise

The United States has the highest documented incarceration in the entire world, a title that has been held since 2002. Since the late 1970s the U.S. has seen a decline in its crime rates. Yet the country has seen the largest percentage of its population being incarcerated over the past decade, with prison and jail population rates projected to […]

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Focus In Friday: Eric Beck

“Eric knows everybody, and that’s only a slight exaggeration.” -Rita Beck. Meet Eric B. Beck, a man who knows everyone in the Janesville (and most of the Rock County) community.  66 years old and Milton College ’73 graduate, he has been closely tied to the Rock County community all of his life, growing up in […]

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Story Squad: Who We Are & What We Do

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” Do you know who said these few words? We’ll give you three hints: He once stayed as a guest at the Tallman house in Janesville, camped out nearby the Rock River during his service in the Blackhawk War, and he delivered an anti-slavery […]

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