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Quilt Exhibit at the Historical Society
The Historical Society is pleased to present a special exhibit at the Society in early 2023: QUILTS! We have many wonderful old and new quilts on display and extended open hours to view the quilts. From January 24 through March 11, we are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 1:00, and on Saturdays from 10:00 – 2:00. There will be a suggested donation of $5 per person to defray the costs of this special exhibit.
THE PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 11 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. However, quilt expert Jackie O’Laughlin will be at the Society at 11:00 on the 11th to offer quilting advice or to talk about quilts with any attendees.
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy this year’s Christmas House Tour! We hope you enjoyed your day and we hope to see you again next year!
The Washington Historical Society is pleased to announce this year’s Roots recipient, Gene (Wink) McCoskey. Gene has led a fascinating and productive life, including work at two large corporations and many years volunteering for various civic organizations in and around his community. To read the full article about Gene, please click here.
The Washington Historical Society is proud to call Gene McCoskey one of Washington’s own and are pleased to honor him with this well-deserved recognition.
The Washington Historical Society, in conjunction with private donors, is happy to announce that it has brought another historically-themed mural to Washington! After successfully commissioning two murals for Washington in the last two years, the Historical Society this time has created a mural on the south-facing wall of its own building, 128 Washington Square. Anat Ronen, the artist responsible for last year’s mural, painted this mural as well.
The theme of this year’s mural focuses on the connection between one of Washington’s first landmarks and the creation of the Historical Society itself. It shows a beautiful round barn that sat on property on Eldridge Street from the 1910s until 1980. The dairy barn, originally built by local dairy farmer Fred Zimmerman, was based on the round barns that Mr. Zimmerman had seen in use at the University of Illinois. The barn was used from the time of its construction until 1972 when it was taken out of operation. It sat abandoned and neglected until 1980 when a group of local citizens banded together to try to purchase and save the round barn. The group was ultimately unsuccessful in saving the barn, but the effort had a silver lining: those citizens decided Washington needed a Historical Society that could educate people about Washington’s history and protect the physical items of Washington’s past. Thus, the Washington Historical Society was formed.
For more history of the round barn, please click here.
Constructed in 1858, the home of Dr. Zinser features a Greek Revival structure and was designed to be a single family home with an office in the east parlor. Additions to the home were added later in the 1880’s and early 1900’s. It was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Though the Zinser House was owned by the Washington Historical Society for many years, today it is back in private ownership by a member of the Zinser Family. The House is a home once again.
Like many historic homes, the exact date of construction on the home at 312 Market is hard to place. The front portion of the main level was constructed in 1870, and the upstairs and rear of the home were added in 1893. Still, the home has some pretty big historic significance for Washington, with its history dating back to the Matthew Holland, son of Hollands Grove Founder (later re-named to Washington), William Holland.
The mission of this Society is to acquire, preserve, and display Washington’s history.