Our Impact

Telling the Stories of Our Community

In 2022, the Washington County Historical Society celebrates 60 years of telling our community’s stories. In that time, we’ve become the home to over 38,000 artifacts and over 17,000 photographs. The 1889 Courthouse, 1886 Jailhouse, and St. Agnes Historic Site are all listed on the National Register of Places. Most importantly, these objects, photographs, and locations contain an invaluable wealth of stories. It’s the stories — the intangible human connections — that make these tangible objects worth saving.

By The Numbers


students and adults are reached through our traveling Discovery Box program every year

Historic Archives Research Room


Researchers are served annually by our Research Center


is how our programs are consistently rated by attendees in post-program surveys

How We tell Our Stories

  • Exhibits take visitors through the history of Washington County from the end of the last ice age to the 21st century.
  • Guided tours provide more context for visitors and create connections between our staff and volunteers and the communities we serve. Stories turn into conversations, leading to even deeper meaning-making for visitors. 
  • Discovery Boxes bring artifacts and photographs from our collection to historians of all ages in hands-on presentations that bring the museum to you!  
  • Programs and Events ranging from hands-on activities, to lecture-style presentations, from bus tours to fun events like our annual trivia night, make our stories come alive and provide ways for visitors to connect with history and each other.

You Make Our Work Possible!

Community support allows us to continue telling Washington County’s stories. We invite you to become a member and consider making an additional gift of support. Contact us about sponsorship opportunities for local businesses as well.