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Annual Meeting and Program

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

Following this year’s regular business meeting, Robert D. Sampson, a retired writer and college professor, will give a presentation entitled, “Ballists, Dead Beats, and Muffins: Inside Early Baseball in Illinois.” In Peoria and nearly 1,000 other places, Illinoisans couldn’t get enough of baseball in the years after the Civil War. The story of its rise […]

Annual Meeting

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

It is once again time for the annual meeting of the WHS. Please mark your calendar for Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at our beautiful building on the square. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Following this year’s regular business meeting, Robert D. Sampson, a retired writer […]

Getting Started with Ancestry.com

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

Interested in researching your genealogy but feeling overwhelmed at getting started? Or maybe you have already started researching your family tree and need help going further? The Historical Society can help! Local genealogy guru Diana Sluder and two other experts on doing family tree research will be on hand at this program to give an […]

Getting Started with Ancestry.com

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

Interested in researching your genealogy but feeling overwhelmed at getting started? Or maybe you have already started researching your family tree and need help going further? The Historical Society can help! Local genealogy guru Diana Sluder and two other experts on doing family tree research will be on hand at this program to give an […]

Uneasy Neighbors: Using Historical Fiction to Explore Washington’s German POW Camp in Washington During WWII

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

The Historical Society is pleased to offer this program about the German POW camp that existed in Washington during WWII. The public is invited to attend. The program will be presented by Jennifer Sears who teaches creative writing and composition at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. Her writing has […]

I Have a Story to Tell

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

The Washington Historical Society is bringing back its popular “I Have a Story to Tell” panel program on Monday, Oct. 16.  The public is invited to enjoy the recollections of four citizens of Washington who will share stories of growing up in our town. The memories may include stories of neighbors, teachers, pranks, family occasions, holidays, […]

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 12 from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. This year's tour will feature decor and refreshments at the Historical Society […]

Wedding Traditions Through the Years

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

Longtime Washington Public Library librarian Mary Penn will present this program about Wedding Traditions Through the Years. What is the origin of some wedding traditions? Why do we do what we do? Why do some traditions survive across the decades while others fade away? Let's find out together in this carefully researched and thoughtfully presented […]

Love Stories

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

Let's celebrate Valentine's Day with the sharing of our own "love stories." At this program, those in attendance will be asked to share their own love stories: either stories of romantic love or other types of love (between friends, siblings, parent / child, etc.). This program will have a moderator to keep things moving and […]

Book Event – “The American Banker in Paris”

Washington Historical Society 128 Washington Square, Washington, IL, United States

Originally scheduled for January 13, this program has been rescheduled for February 24. The Washington Historical Society is pleased to present a book talk and book signing for this wonderful book on at our building on the square. The “American Banker in Paris” is a wonderful new nonfiction book written by longtime Historical Society member […]