Where Past Meets Present

Experience a Frightening Variety of Events this October!

Ghostly discoveries in the Lincoln-Tallman House, all new cemetery tours and more. Don’t miss this month of ghastly good times. Buy your tickets today!

Author Steve Rogstad poses with one of his recent books

October 5, 6 p.m.

Lincoln and the Occult Presentation and specialty Lincoln-Focused Tours by Lincoln Scholar Steve Rogstad

Nationally known author and scholar on Lincoln studies Steve Rogstad will present “Lincoln and the Occult.” Rogstad will share his research findings about the Lincolns’ superstitions, dreams, omens and more.
Three Society for Anomalous Studies members investigate the Lincoln-Tallman House basement

October 12 & October 26, 7 p.m.

A Paranormal Exploration: Whispers and Echoes of the Tallman Family Presentation by the Society of Anomalous Studies

What spirits reside in the Lincoln-Tallman House, Charles Tallman House, and Museum & Visitor Center? In these two unique presentations, experience the paranormal evidence captured in multiple visits to these sites over the past year by the Society for Anomalous Studies.

An actor dressed as Edgar Allan Poe

October 15, 7 p.m.

An Evening Dark and Dreary: The Tales of Edgar Allen Poe

Known as the father of the mystery genre, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, novels, and poetry have haunted readers and audiences for more than 150 years. In this solo production, the “author himself” brings his most famous stories to life right before your eyes.

Tallman graves at Oak Hill Cemetery

October 22 & October 29, Noon to 4 p.m.

New Oak Hill Cemetery Tours: “Local People Who Should have been Commemorated”

Discover all new stories behind 8 local residents of Oak Hill Cemetery who “should have been” commemorated with buildings and roads named after them. Historical interpreters will share the stories, researched by local history experts.

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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Lincoln Tallman Museum
440 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 756-4509
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