Rock Co. Historical Society asking for contributions for new exhibit on county’s automotive history

JANESVILLE, Wis. — The Rock County Historical Society wants area residents to contribute artifacts and memorabilia to be displayed as part of a new exhibit that will pay tribute to the county’s rich automotive history.

RCHS’s upcoming exhibit, Rock County Legacies, is slated to open in August. It’s expected to feature artifacts from Janesville’s shuttered General Mototrs Assembly Plant, Fisher Body, the local UAW and Janesville Auto Transport Co.

Items can be donated or temporarily loaned to the historical society for inclusion in the exhibit.

“We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to collect and share stories, items and memorabilia from the people who worked at GM, and their families,” said Tim Maahs, Executive Director of RCHS. “Capturing and sharing these things is so important because GM’s employees were and are an integral part of the history of Rock County.”

RCHS officials said community members have already donated thousands of artifacts, including vehicle parts, employee badges and photos of the original GM plant, miscellaneous tools, old advertisements, and a banner signed by all of the GM plant employees in 2008 when the last Tahoe rolled off the line.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the Rock County Legacies project can contact RCHS Assistant Executive Director and Curator Cara Kinzelman via phone at 608-756-4509 or via email at