Where Past Meets Present

Why History in Focus: Sharing Stories. Supporting Community?

This year is about YOU and YOUR stories. From farms to factories, parks and parades, the Society will capture and share the stories of Rock County.

Watch for our Story Squad armed with Polaroid cameras – and look for your photo on our website! Or share your stories on social media.

Plus, a portion of every RCHS ticket you purchase will benefit a community nonprofit. With your help, we’ll share your story and make Rock County a better place to live.

Who is Rock County? Find out in our weekly blog!

Latest post:

Share your story for the Society’s new blog, “Focus In.” Each week, the blog will shine a spotlight on specific individuals, businesses and causes in Rock County. We’ll feature as many stories as possible each week, so check back often!

Submit your photo and story

Share Your Story:


Use this form to submit your story via the RCHS website.


Share your story on Instagram by inserting #HistoryInFocus into your post.


Engage with our Story Squad members out in the community and at our events. Look for us, then check out our StoryWall.


Visit the RCHS campus and take a Polaroid that best represents YOU, then write your story or answer a question on the StoryWall.

Tours, Events & E3 Programs

History in Focus: The Experiences

Share your photos and stories at all the Rock County Historical Society’s happenings …

Two Tours, Two Distinct Stories

Only one tour? No longer! Now you can choose from two different tours at the Lincoln-Tallman House Museum. Click on a logo below to learn more, and book your tour today!

Traditional Tallman Tour

The Family

Hear the stories of the William Morrison Tallman family and its most famous guest, Abraham Lincoln, while viewing their beautiful home.

Tallman House Help Wanted Tour

The Help

Go beneath the stairs and discover the world of servant life in this interactive tour. It’s especially fun for children!

The Storied Six

Feasting on fresh food at a Rock County farm. Seeing creative new twists on historic fashions. And so much more. Click below to learn about each of the “Storied Six” events – and plan to attend!

History Makers
Summer Solstice Showcase 2018
61st Annual Tallman Arts Festival
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A Tallman Christmas

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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Visit Us

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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