About Us

What We Do

About Washington Historical Society

The mission of the Washington Historical Society is to preserve Washington’s rich history and share it with current and future generations via education, activities, and community outreach. Following an upcoming building restoration project at our new office building at 128 Washington Square, our archives will be open to the public for research, likely in mid 2021. We are a tax-exempt organization that is sustained by our members and others who make donations of time and money. Most events are free and open to the public.

Activities of the WHS include sending volunteers to teach local history in our schools via the “Trunks & Treasures” program, partnering with the Washington Park District for Geo-cashing fun, honoring someone that has spent part of childhood growing up in Washington with our prestigious Roots Award, hosting a May Day event, and other community outreach and events that change slightly from year to year. We also encourage you to look for the “Lincoln walked footsteps” around Washington to see where Abraham Lincoln walked in Washington, Illinois.

Click here for a brief history of the Washington Historical Society

Please consider becoming a member today or make a donation to our organizations so we can continue to offer this historical education to the community. It’s because of generous donors that the WHS can thrive!

Board of Directors



Jennifer Essig

Vice President / Treasurer

Sue Freeberg


Mary Kerr

At-Large Board Member


Linda Nieukirk

Membership Chair

Judy Gross

Chair of Displays Committee

Melissa Heil

Executive Director 

Julie Smith

Chair of Education Committee

John Stromberger

Chair of Collections and Archiving

Patricia Wagner

At-large board member