The museum is closed during January and February each year to improve displays, complete maintenance as required, and update society archives.
During the year, on the second Tuesday, March through December, an Evening at the Museum program is presented on some aspect of area history. Open to the publish at 7 p.m., there is no admission charge.
Several membership social events are held during the year. All 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, 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. The annual Ruth Stumpe Brent Tofle Family Scholarship Fund awards one person of any age from within the Washington School District who will attend or will be attending the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In September, the annual fund-raising dinner is held, including a silent auction.
In December, the annual Christmas Dinner is held.
In May, we hold an annual golf tournament to raise operations funds.
The education committee provides programs for children twice a year. History Day for local fourth graders is held at the museum in the spring. Students move from one station to another, learning some aspect of local history. In the fall, the society’s education committee provide local fifth and sixth graders a tour of a local historical location.
In October, society and Odd Fellows members perform as “historical characters” at the annual Wildey Cemetery tour. They take on the role of persons buried in the cemetery who impacted Washington's history.
Throughout the year the museum plays host to tour groups ranging from Boy and Girl Scouts to senior citizens. Visitors from out of town come by bus and train to visit the museum. Students from the local high schools come to research school writing/speech projects and to gather information for the society's annual scholarship awards.
Visitors come from far and wide to do genealogy research in the Ralph Gregory Library with the Four Rivers Genealogical Society's assistance.