About Washington Historical Society

Our organization owns The Dement Zinser House built in 1858 and the neighboring Doctor’s office and serve as the WHS headquarters as well as museum open to the public seasonally free of charge.
Member elected board of directors serve to run the WHS with events, education, community outreach, collections/archivist, membership, volunteer chair, as well as, interior and grounds members.
History is being taught within our community schools, with volunteers for “Trunks & Treasures” program, WHS has teamed up with the Washington Park District for Geo-cashing fun, Roots award honors someone that has spent part of childhood growing up in Washington, May Day event, William Holland (founder of Washington, Illinois Day, among other community outreach and events change slightly yearly. Lincoln waked foot steps around Washington of where Abraham Lincoln walked in Washington, Illinois.
Overall our organization allows a paid membership and is run completely by volunteers promoting and teaching the history of Washington as well as preserving artifacts. Most events are free and open to the public. WHS also hires guest speakers to promote more interesting lectures and history sharing.

Please consider becoming a member today or give a donating to our organizations so we can continue to offer this historical education to the community. It’s because of generous donors to the WHS that we can thrive! aged-antique-classic-429246b

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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