Where Past Meets Present

Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag, left, shakes hands with RCHS Executive Director Mike Reuter upon the signing of a 20-year lease.

Rock County Historical Society Signs a Historic 20-Year Lease

On February 10th, the Rock County Historical Society and City of Janesville signed a historic 20-year lease. The lease ensures the strong partnership between both organizations and provides continued access of the Lincoln-Tallman House and its grounds to the general public for tours, community events and rental opportunities.

Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag and City staff joined the Rock County Historical Society staff on a tour of the Lincoln-Tallman House after signing the lease with RCHS Executive Director, Mike Reuter, and RCHS Board President Tim Maahs. Touring the mansion and hearing about the Tallman family was a great way to remind everyone how important preserving history is for future generals to appreciate and study.

“The new 20-year lease agreement between the Rock County Historical Society and the City of Janesville demonstrates a renewed commitment by both organizations toward evolving the history campus into a more relevant and exciting cultural asset for Janesville and the Greater Rock County community,” says Reuter. “With this commitment, the historical society can focus on expanding its educational programming, cultivating a more vibrant campus landscape and developing an engaging visitor orientation experience for all campus guests, citizens and tourists alike.”

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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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