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What’s the vision at Lincoln-Tallman grounds?

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Greg Peck
February 1, 2013

Mike Reuter has plenty of ideas and enthusiasm. He is executive director of the Rock County Historical Society, and his vision for Janesville’s Lincoln-Tallman House campus is of a complex that will soon attract more interest, visitors and revenue from not just Rock County but from far and wide.

A key step is under way. That’s renovation of the Charles Tallman House. The home, tucked between the Lincoln-Tallman House and Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center on North Jackson Street, will house the society’s archives and research center. About $200,000 in work is done, and the society wants to raise another $100,000 to finish upgrades.

When completed, archives that include books, maps, other documents and photos will be protected in the climate-controlled Charles Tallman House instead of housed in the small Wilson-King Stone House.

The city owns the Lincoln-Tallman mansion, but the historical society runs it as a museum for the city. The historical society owns the other four buildings in the complex. What will this and other planned projects in the complex mean for visitors, revenue and city taxpayers? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Saturday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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