Additional Information

The museum is closed during January and February each year to adjust/create displays, complete maintenance as required and update society archives.

During the year, on the second Tuesday, of March through December, an Evening at the Museum program is presented on some aspect of area history. Those are held at 7 p.m. at the museum, are open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

Several membership social events are held during the year. All of those events are open to the public and persons interested in the society and/or local history are invited to attend.

In April, the annual business meeting and dinner is held. A review of the past year is presented to the attendees, any necessary business is discussed and voted upon, three new board members are elected, and the annual Stanley and Marjorie Wilke Scholarship Awards are presented to a senior from Washington High School and a senior from Borgia High School.

In September, the annual fund raising dinner is held which includes a silent auction.

In December the annual Christmas Dinner is held.

In May, History Day for fourth graders from local schools is held at the museum. Students are moved from one station to another and at each station learn some aspect of local history from members of the society’s education committee.

During the year, the society provides a WOW (Wheels on Washington) tour via a tram highlighting local buildings/locations of historical interest. A Ghost tour via tram is provided during October presenting Washington locations and stories reported to be “haunted.”

In the fall, the society’s education committee provide fifth and sixth graders of a local elementary school a tour of a local historical location.

In October, society members perform as “historical characters” at the Odd Fellows Cemetery annual evening tour. They take on the role of persons buried in the cemetery who impacted Washington's history.

Throughout the year the museum plays hosts to tour groups of persons ranging from Boy and Girl Scouts to senior citizens from local senior citizen homes. Visitors from out of town come by bus, and by train, to visit the museum. Students from the local high schools come to research school writing/speech projects and to gather information for submission of forms for the society's annual scholarship awards.

Visitors come from far and wide to do genealogy research in the library.