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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’ […]

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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 […]

Roots Presentation by Gene McCoskey

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

The Washington Historical Society is pleased to announce this year’s Roots recipient, Gene (Wink) McCoskey.  As this year’s recipient, Gene will give a presentation to the community on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. and will ride in the homecoming parade on September 23.  Please make plans to join us for both events! Gene has […]

Historic Walking Tours

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

Please join us for one of two historic walking tours that the Society will hold during Autumn Fest on the square on September 24. The interactive tours will be led by guides who are knowledgeable about Washington's history and will provide insight into four great stories from Washington's past. Tours leave at 5:00 and 6:00 […]

Presentation about Peoria Honor Flight

Come join us at the Historical Society as we enjoy a presentation by Gene Wallace about the Peoria Area Honor Flight. This is sure to be a fascinating discussion. The public is invited to attend.

Christmas House Tour

Mark your calendars for this always fun and festive event! The Washington Historical Society is so happy to again offer a popular, pre-holiday event for our community, the Christmas Home Tour. The tour is Tuesday, December 13 from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. This year's tour will feature decor and refreshments at the Historical Society […]

Patriots in Petticoats

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL

In this program, local quilt historian, Kenda Bond, will talk about the everyday lives of women during the Revolutionary War era, including the role of quilting in their lives. "Patriots in Petticoats" is also the name of a quilt design created by Denice Lipscomb to honor women who played a part in the American Revolution. […]