Cultural Centers


Hedberg Public Library
The Hedberg Public Library, in Janesville, is a cultural center for the community providing people of all ages and backgrounds free access to the arts. Among the offerings are monthly exhibits by local artists on the library’s art wall, case exhibits that may feature 3-dimensional art, a permanent collection of art on display throughout the library, special exhibits, performances for children by musicians, storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, magicians and others; films for children and teens; and workshops for children and teens that focus on the arts, crafts and music. JATV-12, Janesville library-operated cable-access channel, features programming on the local arts scene as well as an event calendar. The adjacent Downtown Riverfront Park Project, which the Friends of Hedberg Public Library are helping to spearhead, already includes many sculptures and a performance backdrop for outdoor programs.

Rock Co. Historical Society
The Rock Co. Historical Society includes historic sites, archives, museum and more including arts programs. The Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center features a gift shop, staff offices, conference room and education rooms. Visitors are welcome Monday -Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The museum center is housed within the remodeled home of Stanley Tallman, grandson of William M. Tallman. The RCHS Archives and the Rock County Genealogical Society can both be found at the Wilson King Stone House. Open Wednesday – Thursday, 9 am – 3 pm. Please call ahead. (608)752-5891 The official site of Janesville’s Award Winning historic house museum is the Lincoln-Tallman House. Tour all five levels from basement to cupola of this Italian villa style mansion where Abraham Lincoln was a guest in 1859. Also located at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Janesville, the Frances Willard School is open during the spring, fall and during the 4H Fair in July, for third-grade school groups. For more info: Rock County Historical Society P.O. Box 8096, Janesville, WI 53547-8096 (608) 756-4509.

Sterling North Society
The Sterling North Society in Edgerton, WI was organized in 1989 to preserve and promote the literary legacy of Sterling North, among them his well-known book Rascal, A Memoire of a Better Era. In 1992, the Society purchased the Sterling North childhood home and began a drive to restore the property to its 1917 setting. Today, the home serves as a literary center and museum with programs available to schools and the general public.

UW-Rock CountyUW-Rock County
This vibrant University of Wisconsin campus in Janesville enrolled a record 1,300 students in Fall 2012. The campus offers an Associate of Arts and Science degree that is guaranteed to transfer to any UW campus and is the foundation for more than 200 bachelor’s degree majors, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree and several collaborative bachelor’s degrees. The UW-Rock County campus is also a cultural center for the community and home to the Theodore Robinson Art Gallery and the Kirk Denmark Theatre where University Theatre holds its productions, vocal music students perform concerts and host a Madrigal Dinner, and students and the community participate in the UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra, UW-Rock County Concert Band, UW-Rock County Chamber Orchestra and the UW-Rock County Big Band.  UW-Rock County also hosts a Performing Arts Series and Lecture Series each year that features films, performances and lectures from a wide range of genres and campus and community groups hold a variety of events that are open to the public. For more information, call (608) 758-6565 or e-mail


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