RCHS 2014 Annual Report

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2014 ANNUAL REPORT

2014


OUR MISSION: The Rock County Historical Society Enriches and Engages the Communities of Rock County, Wisconsin through Preservation and Dissemination of the Unique History and Heritage of Our Area.

OUR VISION: A place that defines the essence of Rock County, Wisconsin; its people, places and achievements during its rich past. A destination that serves to bridge past to present by using history as a tool to offer relevant, educational and entertaining experiences.

OUR VALUES: Our Values: Education Authenticity Entrepreneurialism Preservation Play & Discovery

CONTENTS

President’s Message ....................................................3 Director’s Message.......................................................4 Year in Review................................................................5 Special Events................................................................6 Education.........................................................................8 Legacy & Historic 100.................................................11 Membership ...................................................................12 Special Projects ...........................................................14 Dashboard......................................................................15 Financials........................................................................16 Marketing/Outreach ...................................................17 Archives and Collections..........................................18 Staff & Docents ............................................................19


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President’s Message Executive Committee After another long winter, we are anxious

efforts inspired the development of the

for warmer weather and new

Strategic Plan that will be the driving

opportunities to showcase the Rock

force for RCHS in the years ahead.

County Historical Society. Over the past year, we have built a lot of momentum to carry us forward in the new season. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the RCHS staff and volunteers, and the incredible support from our community, we were able to create a new engaging and interactive tour of the Tallman House. The Tallman Technologies Tour was the first new tour offered in 60 years, providing a glimpse of what made William Morrison Tallman and the Tallman House

The great work that is being done at RCHS is certainly being noticed beyond

Tim Maahs President Carolynn Mielke Vice President

our community. In May, the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Board of Curators will be hosting their quarterly

Ryan Trezek Treasurer

meeting here Janesville. During their two day program, they will be hosting meetings on the RCHS Campus, the

Kathy Boguszewski Secretary

Historic Women's Club as well as partaking in an architectural tour of the city. We are thrilled to be able to be a part

Anda O Connell Member at Large

of their meeting.

so ahead of their time. To keep this momentum going, we are This past year, we had the opportunity to highlight one of Rock County's treasures-with an expanded Pickard China exhibit. The addition of interactive kiosks added an exciting element that enhances the experience, offering a new perspective on the history of this company with strong Rock County roots. Complimenting the new exhibits and tours, our Tallman Arts Festival was once again a resounding

TRUSTEES

excited to be sharing our strategic vision at the Annual meeting. This plan is the outcome of a tremendous effort by Michael Reuter and many of the key

David Kurtz William Vogt Molly Ryan

community partners who have worked tirelessly to create a platform that is

Matt Ryan

inspriring, actionable and will anchor

Charles Rydberg

RCHS as a gathering place, destination,

Joe Knilans

and valued community resource for years to come.

Jeni Lindstrom

success. Hundreds of people were able to spend the day, reviewing the many

Our Challenge as we move forward this

Todd Kimball

talented local and regional artists,

year and beyond, is to ensure we can stay

Jackie Wood

enjoying good food from area

the course and see this vision become

establishments, and listening to great live

reality. It will not happen over night, and

music from area bands.

will require the sustained efforts of staff, volunteers, and our members. II am

Another first for RCHS was being able to work with Experience Design, a consulting firm based in Boston

excited by the support we have received and am honored to be able to be a part of carrying our good work forward.

specializing in museums to conduct an assessment and help to develop new

Thank you all for your continued support!

ideas for RCHS, the Tallman House, and

Timothy Maahs

the Helen Jeffris Museum Center. Their

Ex-Officio (City of Janesville)

Gale Price


Director’s

Column

Potential was the buzzword around RCHS in 2014. Through a myriad of ways, the Historical Society demonstrated the potential of its programs, events and operations by achieving great things in the past year. Using a multitude of formats, visitors of all ages got the chance to experience history in a ways they didn’t know were possible. Whether it was through an immersive Tallman tour, an interactive History Camp, or by viewing priceless artifacts, history has come alive at the Rock County Historical Society. A new thematic tour, Tallman’s Technologies, gave people a glimpse of understanding the narrative of the Tallman House from a different perspective. The Crafting Excellence exhibition reminded us of our artistic roots and the raw talent of those that have come from Rock County. In its second year, our History Camp continued to inspire younger audiences with its daily offerings of different educational activities. We were blessed to be able to add new faces to our team, while wishing nothing but the best to those that have moved on to other opportunities. Our greatest achievement in 2014 was collaborating to create our Strategic Plan, a inspirational and engaging vision that will direct the Historical Society for the next decade. By sharing it with the public, we aim to transform not only our sites and programming, but more importantly the community’s perception that the Rock County Historical Society can become a greater community resource than ever before. Thank you for all your support as we continue on this exciting journey!

Sincerely,

Michael Reuter

Executive Director


Over the past year, the Rock County Historical Society offered new tours, educational programs and events for visitors from all walks of life, both inside and out of Rock County, Wisconsin. All of these activities were made possible through the Society’s many generous donors, members and sponsors. The following pages detail the accomplishments and growth of the Historical Society in each key area.

Year in Review


Special Events Annually, our events are designed to engage our traditional audiences while attracting a new generation of visitor. By creating

Summer Solstice Fix the Fence June 21st, 2014 While celebrating Midsummer, the Society completed its Fix the Fence campaign, raising $10,000 to support renovations to the Tallman Fence, while becoming stronger advocates for historic preservation.

and incorporating more hands-on experiences within each event, visitors walk away with a more memorable experience that inspires them to talk about their heritage and history.

Lincoln-Tallman Fun Dash – June 14, 2015 Making history educational and fun at the same time is the goal of every museum. What is more fun than running through the streets of Janesville as Abraham Lincoln?


57th Annual Tallman Arts Festival August 3, 2014 Art in Nature was our 2014 theme honoring nature’s beauty. Educational activities, art and music embraced a more down to earth, naturalistic theme, while staying true to the Festival's core purpose of promoting local and regional artists.

TALLMAN ARTS FESTIVAL

Lincoln on the Lawn October 11 & 12, 2014 The 16th President came back to Rock County for a two-day visit and in the process, the Society made history come alive for a weekend while showcasing vintage Lincoln automobiles.

Haunted History of Rock County October 28, 2014

34th

annual

house tour & gala

A macabre affair that shared stories of Rock County’s sordid past.

34th Historic House Tour & Gala September 27-28, 2014 In honor of Parker Pen’s 125th anniversary, residents of the Columbus Circle neighborhood opened their homes to honor this cozy enclave and one of Janesville’s iconic businesses.

YOU are

Cordially

INVITED...


Education

Education is at the core of the RCHS mission. We seek to grow our slate of programs for youth and adults alike in order to bridge past to present. In 2014, we provided a glimpse at how the Society can be a more integral educational asset for the Greater Rock County community.


TALLMAN’S TECHNOLOGIES Our new thematic tour of the Lincoln-Tallman House not only immersed visitors by taking them back to 1872 as a prospective buyer of the site, but is designed to encourage repeat visitors to the Tallman House.

Crafting Excellence: The History of Pauline Pottery & Pickard China The decorative arts heritage of Rock County holds a diverse array of craftsmen and artists. Crafting Excellence highlights two distinct art forms and their creators via displays and multimedia technology.

History Camp A week-long adventure for Rock County students that immersed them in various disciplines of local history. Collaborations between the Historical Society, Beloit College and the Janesville School District made the event possible.

Janesville Historic Walking Tours By taking over the annual slate of walking tours, the Historical Society carries on a long tradition of offering the history of Janesville’s distinct neighborhoods to the public in a complimentary format.


Support Support and success of the Rock County Historical Society comes from a diverse group of community support. Our Membership is the bedrock of our existence in their belief of our mission; the City of Janesville has been a steadfast supporter of our stewardship of the Tallman site, Rock County government believes in the broader County narrative, and our new relationships with the Business Community opens new doors to a previously untapped group of supporters. Our Annual Appeal program provides critical operational support to keep our doors open and programs staffed while offering engaging and educational experiences. We honor the contributors to this program below:

$10,000 & Above Anonymous Dorothy Ashcraft Foundation George K. Tallman Trust Anonymous $1,000 to $9,999 Robert Duecker Claremont Jackman Foundation Tom Jeffris Parker Foundation Geoff Parker Verne Vollrath William Wartmann Elizabeth Woodruff Foundation $500 to $999 David & Kathleen Cullen Jim & Heidi Grafft $499 and Under Mr. & Mrs. Thomas K. Ahern Lois Allen Ray & Virginia Anderson John E. Anderson Dale & Ruth Anderson Daniel & Karen Atwood David & Sonjia Bagley Willa Bagley Larry & Susan Barton Alan & Jessica Bates Douglas Batty John Bauwens DDS Albert & Nancy Hansen Bennett Clarice Bergerson Winfred Bold Jane Bordner Dave Briske

Eva Brookhiser Whitey & Leslie Brunsell Dale & Mary Buchholz Roger & Kathy Burdick Charlotte Butters Bradley A. Cantrell Rosemary Fleming Cash Sally Cheever Phyllis Cockfield JP Cullen Ron Delaney Joyce Dodge Dennis Dooley Robert & Virginia Douglas Melita Downing Barbara DuBois Leonard P. Eager Jennifer Ehle David & Julie Feingold Carol Fosshage Deanna Frank Richard C & Joan Gates Bob & Jean Guritz Robert & Sylvia Harrison Barbara Hough Ruth Inman Vicki Johnson Joan Jorgensen Steve & Lynn Karges Ron & Sally King Ted & Jan Kinniaman Rex and Deb Kolste David & Jan Kurtz Arra Lasse Alfred & Nancy Lembrich Bradley W. Losching Dr. Steven & Larissa Lyon Jack & Joan Malin Rowland & Audrey McClellan

Pam McGill James & Kristin Meier Paulette Melvin Robert & Vivian Miller Richard & Diane Miller Anne M Naeser Richard & Joan Neeno Donald A & Barbara Nickerson Wayne Olson Michael A. Perry Ruth Ann Peterson Doug & Christina Rebout Michael Spoon & Hannah Roach Carol Roherty Dennis James & Gena Schachtschneider Earl & Gwen Schultz Jacqueline Schwengels Frank & Martha Scott Kay Sharpe David & Sharyn Sheen Frank F. & Jean Shuler Pete & Denise Skelly Greg & Lois Smith Charles Smith Leora Stavn Geralyn Summerbell Coral Swanson Barbara Tapovatz Harris Thacher Anne Thomas Susan Thompson Edna M. Thorp Thomas & Kathy Thostenson Ralph Topinka Pam Van Brocklin James & Linda Viney Kay Ward Lou & Carol Warner


Legacy & Historic 100 Members During 2014, the Historical Society continued to strengthen old and forge new relationships with the business community in Rock County through its annual sponsorship program. By offering Brand Recognition and Employee Benefits, the program soared, securing over a dozen businesses that provide financial and in-kind support.

LEGACY LEVEL

Larsen Acres

ld Fashioned Bakery

Lisa Karr Photography

HISTORIC 100

Sutterlin Restorations


Membership Members are the bedrock of support for the Historical Society. With this commitment, they get exclusive access to our new tours, exhibits and programs. A revised Membership Level structure and new marketing collateral offers even more incentive to support the Historical Society in the year to come. Thank you to all of our members who supported us in 2014 at across all of our levels.

Abraham Lincoln

Pete Skelly

Gee Gee Jannene

David Bradford

Charles Mowbray

Greg Smith

Steve Karges

Maggie Bromley

William Tallman

Geralyn Summerbell

Janet Labrie

Mary Buelow

William Lothary

Lori Cassels

Family

Tim Maahs

Sue Conley

Henry Janes

Den Adler

Dana Merker

David Dean

Bradley Cantrell

Dale Anderson

Diane Miller

Nancy Belle Douglas

James Lyke

Raymond Anderson

Peg Murray

Elayne Drenckpohl

Rowland McClellan

Tim Banwell

Hiram Nowlan

Robert Duecker

Jim Ryan

Larry Barton

Gale Price

Jennifer Ehle

Charles Smith

Peter Bentley

Dennis Ramberg

Dr. Curt Gonstead

Michael Spoon

Donald Beutin

Mary Rebout

James Hammel

Suzanne Bill

Matt Ryan

Gina Helgesen

Historian

Michael Bolster

Virginia Saltzman

Heidi Holden

Daniel Atwood

Roberta Bradley

Don Sartell

Gloria Huschka

Dolores Barlass

Bruce Briney

David Schollmeier

Lynne Jacobsen

Winfred Bold

Anthony Briski

W. W. Schwartzlow

Vicki Johnson

William A. Bolgrien

Susan Speth Brown

Scott Shadel

Elizabeth Jozwiak

Terry Branz

Kathy Burdick

Martin Stabb

Amy Jo Kenevan-Ruthe

Ron Delaney

G Richard Cope

Keith Steinbeck

Deborah King

William Doppstadt

James Cripe

Mary Terry

Jan Kinnaman

Britten Grafft

John Decker

Dale Thompson

Nancy Kopp

Jean Guritz

Russ Degerman

James Thorpe

Gloria Lentz

John S. Haye

David Feingold

Julie Unbehaun

Brian Marquis

Judith Jaggard

Frank Fiorina

James Viney

Dorothy McNall

Jack Malin

Dan Fredricks

Lori Vogel

Carolynn Mielke

Larry Nitz

David Gibb

Kathleen Wawrzyniak

Andrea Miller

Anda O'Connell

Cynthia Grantz

Jackie Wood

David Mowery

Cheryl Rogers

James Hay

William Zeman

Michael Mugnani

Oakleigh Ryan

Sandra Hendricks

Donald Saevre

Bryon Herzig

Individual

Lisa Reinicke

Dennis James Schachtschneider

Craig Holden

Maddie Adams

Michael Reuter

John Hoopes

Paula Albers

Hannah Roach

Earl Schultz

Clem Hudziak

Nancy Anderson

Susan Schroeder

Frank Scott

Patricia Hughes

John Bauwens DDS

Peggy Schutt

Willa Bagley

Justin Presny


Kay Sharpe

Marianne Dean

Elizabeth Kuranz

Richard Selje

Sterling North Society

Katherine A Demrow

Nancy Larson Will

Catherine Serleth

Coral Swanson

Pauline Dewitt

Steve Latka

Janet Severance

Edna Thorp

Walter Diedrick

Sue Ellen Madere

Charles W Simons

Pam Van Brocklin

Dolores Dilley

William Mathews

Susan Skinner

Jeff Warner

Melita Downing

Stephanie Mathews

Tom Skinner

Ron Yager

Barbara DuBois

Pam McGill

Leora Stavn

James H Dumke

Karen Goelzer- McKaig

Don Stoker

Senior/Student

Marti Everts

Bill McKelvy

Phyllis Stoker

Lucy Abram

Will Everts

Dana McKelvy

Elaine B. Strassburg

Kathryn Adams

Elvira Fazel

Mike McKinnon

Sandy Stratmeyer

Stephen Adams

Deanna Frank

Paulette Melvin

Shirley Swanson

Frederick Adams

Mary Frei

Jean Moore

Walden Thiede

Jim Alverson

Ray Freiwald

Gerald Mueller

Patricia Thom

Barbara Anderson

Judith Gibbs

Anne M Naeser

Susan Thompson

Kathryn Harris Aragon

Eugene Gibbs

Dr. Katsumi Neeno

Kathy Thostenson

Donna Bader

Sr. Lauretana Gorman

Charlotte Parsons

Sherry Thurner

Jonathan Bader

Naomi Hackbarth

Dean Paynter

Ed Timmer

Susan Bellman

Francette Hamilton

Michael A. Perry

Kaaren Torkelson

William Bevens

Dorothy Hanson

Donald C Persons

Ellen Trewartha

Barbara Bobzien

Betty Harnack

Ruth Ann Peterson

Verne Vollrath

Mary Boufford

Mary Ann Harris

Sara Pfannkuche

Rita Walker

Jeannine Bown

Kathleen Harrison

Susan Porter

Jacqueline S Webb

Donald Branz

Marsha Havertape

Phyllis Rice

Nancy Welch

K Andreah Briarmoon

Margaret Henke

Doris Roehl

Patrick Welch

Dave Briske

Dale Henning

Marlene Roessler

Roberta Wickham

Lillian Brown

Sandy Heuerman

Carol Roherty

Betty Willing

Charlotte Butters

Virginia Hirsch

Carol Root

Paul Wixom

Mary Butts

Carol Hurley

Florence Schaller

Elaine Wood

Norma Carlson

Rose Husen

Phillip Schauer

Pamela Yeager

Rosemary Fleming Cash

Nanci Zigler

Grace Jackson

Betty Schoenenberger

Mary Casper

Donald Jenkins

Erma Schultz

Jane M. Colby

Mary Owen Johnson

Marion Schumacher

Ken Conner

Joan Jorgensen

Roger Schwartz

David Cress

Sally King

Everett Scott

Susan Cress

Yvonne Koball

Lujean Scott

Sally Cullen

Beverly Koch

Ella Selby

Gwen Daluge

Jane Korsberg


Special Projects

Fix the Fence Fixing a fence is one thing, but rallying

Our Special Projects in 2014 inspired the community to act to broaden the reach and impact of the Rock County Historical Society’s mission across a variety of areas. Preservation, interpretation, education and strategic vision were all shaped by a variety of stakeholders who belief in our important work. Completion of these projects have positioned the Society to make big ideas turn into reality in the years to come.

a community around improving the gateway to a Rock County icon is another. Belief in the importance of historic preservation enable the Society to “Fix the Fence” at the Tallman House.

LEARN HOW 1850’S INNOVATIONS CHANGED JANESVILLE FOREVER.

Tallman's Technologies Tour "No reason to come back.", was the essence of the Lincoln-Tallman House. No more. With the first of several thematic tours to engage visitors and inspire them to return being launched, a new model for the site's sustainability was created.

Strategic Plan Creation No plan succeeds without a vision.

Rock Coun ty Histo rica l Soci ety

Strategic Plan

The Society recognized that it needed a Strategic Plan in order to cultivate the level of support needed to truly transform the organization and make it an invaluable educational and cultural asset to Rock County. Eight months later, we created just that; a fifteen year, three-phased Plan that positions the RCHS as the Portal to Rock County history.

Charles Tallman Archives Grand Opening It is our family stories that make history relevant to each of us. With a new site for the our archival collections, the Society is able to provide access and assistance to more visitors, while providing additional storage for our growing collection of photographs, documents and personal correspondence that captures the narrative of Rock County’s people. The Charles Tallman Archives is the research hub for the campus and strives to continue its outreach to all who are discovering their genealogical roots.


RCHS Dashboard VISITORS

14,528 O F

VISITED THE ROCK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN 2014

T H E S E

V I S I T O R S :

Created their own history via a Rental Event.

Interacted with the LincolnTallman House while on tour.

People discovered their Family’s Heritage at the Charles Tallman Archives

Visitors to the 2014 Tallman Arts Festival & other Special Events

Off-site Interactions with the Parker Pen Exhibit

1,151

2,718

3,941

4,462

2,256

SUPPORT

340 Members Support the RCHS Mission 221 Generous & Giving People Volunteered over 2,000 hours to support our mission. Over $10,000 of in-kind support was contributed in services and expertise.

RCHS.US O V E R

52,589

HITS

Avg. of 4,000 /month

58 Objects, Photos and Documents were entrusted to the Historical Society for future generations.

INTERACTIONS 2,528

208

(1,150 in 2013)

(101 in 2013)


2014 Financials STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES 2014 Support and Revenue by Source Public support......................................................................... 125,123 Public support - restricted use ..................................... 459,495 County contributions ............................................................. 9,244 Service revenue from the City of Janesville ............. 45,000 Event and exhibit revenue, net.......................................... 10,061 Membership dues and admissions................................. 26,856 Investment return......................................................................... 355 Archives......................................................................................... 8,519 Other ........................................................................................... 10,468 Total revenue ........................................................... 695,121

2014 Expenditures Wages and benefits ............................................................. 141,037 Office expenses........................................................................ 17,282 Insurance ..................................................................................... 9,634 Marketing and communication......................................... 15,686 Maintenance and repairs ....................................................... 8,677 Telephone, utilities, and IT .................................................. 39,614

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

Professional fees ...................................................................... 5,500 Archives........................................................................................ 3,744

ASSETS

Other.............................................................................................. 5,479

Cash and certificates of deposit................................... 563,807

Expenditures - restricted use........................................... 141,525

Investments.............................................................................. 39,063

388,178

Contributions receivable .......................................................... 530 Inventory...................................................................................... 4,393

Depreciation............................................................................ 45,684

Property and Equipment.................................................. 987,676

Total expenditures ............................................... 433,862

TOTAL ASSETS.............................................................. 1,595,469

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Accounts payable and accrued expenses..................... 17,838 Net Assets................................................................................................. Unrestricted ..................................................................... 1,057,360 Temporarily restricted..................................................... 459,317 Permanently restricted .................................................... 60,954 Total Net Assets................................................................... 1,577,631 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS ............... 1,595,469


Marketing/Outreach Vibrant content, across multiple platforms, continue to excite, engage and entertain enthusiasts of Rock County’s history both inside the community and beyond!

The Finial continues to be a resource that informs, while sharing the happenings of other historical and cultural organizations in the Greater Rock County community! Our Business Sponsors and their rich commercial heritage continue to be a main element in promoting innovative and lasting leadership in the business sector. New offerings include a stunning website, Tallmantours.org that showcases new uses for the Lincoln-Tallman House. It won a Silver Addy Award for communications excellence via its creator, Formost Media. A new marketing strategy has elevated the perception of our Rental Program, changing people’s perceptions that the site is used for museum purposes only.

Make Your Own History SITE RENTAL INFORMATION


Collections Archival materials and object from 58 donors were added to the RCHS collection in 2014. Both large and small, everything from a Tallman family salt spoon to an aerial view of Evansville shows that history comes from every corner of Rock County. RCHS received rare Tallman family items from segments of the family in California and New York. They continue to tell the extended story of William Morrison Tallman’s grandchildren, Stanley and Charles, when they lived at residences at 426 & 430 N. Jackson Streets.

Archives After more than three years of planning, construction and dedication from supporters, the Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center has a new home. Opened in November, the Center will continue to grow as a recognized resource for genealogists, historians and the public as they discover their heritage by using a variety of valuable historical resources. Research services, photographic reproductions and house history capsules are just a few of the many ways in which the Center can use history as a tool for making the past a personal, intimidate experience.


Staff People are what drive great organizations. Without a passionate and dedicated staff, the mission of the Rock County Historical Society could not be fulfilled. Our Board of Directors thanks you for your steadfast commitment to better the communities of Rock County through the lessons of our past.

Michael Reuter Executive Director

Laurel Fant Curator/Collections Manager

Meghan Walker Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Keighton Klos Campus Coordinator

Ruth Anderson Archives Manager

Nathan Fuller Educational Curator

LINCOLN TALLMAN DOCENTS

Without our docents, the rich history of the Lincoln-Tallman House could not be shared with hundreds of volunteers each year. Thank you for you for sharing its story! Judy Ainsworth Gilmore

Dan Herzig

Christina Hall

Samantha Gartner

Lynne Jacobsen

Emily Starck


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