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 our current building restoration project, our office at 101 Zinser Place (the former Doctor’s Office Museum) will be open to the public for research, likely in early 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.

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!


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Board of Directors



Jennifer Essig
President jennifer.essig@alvarinc.com

Mary Kerr
Vice President

Sue Freeberg
Secretary freeb@mtco.com

Jewel Ward
Treasurer bawardinc@comcast.net


Linda Nieukirk
Membership Chair lbn7872@gmail.com

Judy Gross
Property Chair grossjusdy5@hotmail.com