Where Past Meets Present

Pickard Vase


Visitors will be inspired, educated, and entertained by the variety of fascinating collections and individual artifacts, enhanced by compelling personal narratives.

The RCHS Legacies Museum & Visitor Center is now a destination in itself you won’t want to miss. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll discover:

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Pauline Pottery & Pickard China

The beautiful and extensive collection of Pauline Pottery and Pickard China, long recognized nationally for both for its functional use and as highly sought-after artwork.

Parker Pens & Memorabilia

Rotating display of Parker pens made throughout the years in Janesville, along with historic advertising and memorabilia.

Nancy Nienhuis, known as “Nurse Nancy” at the Janesville GM plant, working with nursing students.

The People of General Motors

The current feature exhibit looks back at decades of personal history showcasing the tenacity of the people of Rock County through stories and artifacts. Explore history from the point of view of individuals who worked in the Janesville Assembly Plant at the very beginning, through twentieth century cultural and technological changes, and the industry crisis that brought an end to a way of life.

Our Mission

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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.


Gathering here today in the Rock River Valley, the Rock County Historical Society (RCHS) acknowledges the Indigenous People whose ancestors thrived for thousands of years in this region. RCHS welcomes all the First Nations as the nations pass along their native language and traditions to younger generations.

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RCHS Museum & Visitor Center
426 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 756-4509
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