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Time Travels in Trunks Program

LaHood Park, Westin Shelter Kingsbury Road, Washington, IL

Please join us for our first Time Travels in Trunks educational program since the pandemic began. The free, interactive program will especially appeal to elementary age students and kids of all ages. Come learn some new things about Washington's history!

Walldogs Mural

104 S. Washington Square 104 S. Washington Square, Washington, IL

The Washington Historical Society, in conjunction with private donors, is happy to announce that we are bringing another historically-themed mural to Washington! This time, the mural will be painted on the west-facing wall of 104 S. Washington Square. We have engaged Anat Ronen, one of the Walldogs painters who worked on our William Holland mural […]

Open House at 128 Washington Square

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

Please join us to chat with one of this year's Roots recipients, Dr. Christian Vercler, at an open house at our newly remodeled space on the square. Refreshments will be available. This event is open to all!

Roots Recipients Presentation

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

Please join us for what will be wonderful presentation from this year's Roots Recipients: Dr. Christian Vercler and Dr. Marcus Jarboe. The doctors will discuss their career path, what they do now, and their time spent growing up in Washington. This event is open to the public.

Underground Railroad Ceremony

Five Points Washington 360 N. Wilmor Road, Washington, IL

The fifth and final in a planned series of public events will be held to recognize individuals who had served as Conductors of the Underground Railroad through Tazewell County. The program will honor George Kern of rural Metamora, James Patterson Scott of Washington, and John Randolph Scott of Washington. The event will mark the 175th […]

Annual Meeting and Program

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

All Historical Society members are invited to attend our annual business meeting. Upon conclusion of the business meeting, we will be treated to a program by historian Karen Smith on the changes in Illinois that led to the abolitionist movement in Tazewell County. Refreshments will be served.

May Day with the Historical Society

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

May Day Baskets will be made by the Washington Historical Society again this year and will be available for purchase for $5.00 each. The baskets are each handmade with real planted flowers. To purchase May Day Baskets, please send a check to Washington Historical Society, PO Box 54, Washington, IL  61571, and be sure to […]

Story vs. History with Kate Bateman

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

Bestselling historical romance author Kate Bateman is also an antiques appraiser with her own auction house in the UK. Join Kate for ‘Story vs History’ - a fast, fun delve into the similarities and differences between her two careers, and discover the answers to questions like ‘Why do humans need stories?’ ‘How does the ‘provenance’ […]


Garden Walk

Please join us for our bi-annual Garden Walk held with the Town and Country Gardeners. Tickets can be purchased for $20 on the day of the event at the Washington Historical Society office at 128 Washington Square.  

Antiques and Appraisals: What’s it Worth?

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

Author and appraiser Kate Bateman will return to the Historical Society for an antiques roadshow-style event on Saturday, June 18. You bring in your antique treasures, Kate will talk with you about your item and provide an appraisal estimate. This is an open-house type event; come anytime between 10:00 and 2:00 for your chance to […]