The Washington County Historical Society board regrets to announce that the remainder of the programs scheduled for 2020 have been postponed until 2021. This includes both the September 15th program by author Lisa Potocar and the program and luncheon which were to be part of the annual meeting at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls on October 24th. (The annual meeting will still take place at this location. No food will be served.) It will be necessary to preregister so we can provide safely distanced seating.
The "Forward into Light" concert which was to be presented on Sunday, November 1st at 1:00 p.m.at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge will be rescheduled. This concert was made possible because of a grant from
the New York State Council on the Arts and LARAC (Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council. LARAC will give WCHS until the end of June 2021 to hold the concert.
The "Through Susan's Eyes" bus tour, which was supposed to be held on May 31, 2020, of sites related to Susan B. Anthony and her family will happen in 2021 as soon as it is safe to hold the event.
(There are still a few seats available. If you are already registered, you are all set. If you are unable to attend on the new date when it is announced, you will receive a full refund.) Restoration of
the Anthony house on Rte. 29 in Battenville has begun. Watch the progress while you are waiting for the bus tour to finally take place!
Also, moved to 2021 will be the June program which was to be held at the Museums at Penope Farms in Jackson.
We will announce the new dates as soon as they become available. Another email blast will be sent. The dates will also be posted on this website and our
If you have any questions about any of the programs, please call WCHS on Wednesday or Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The Washington County Historical Society is an educational organization dedicated to engaging diverse audiences in the study and appreciation of the collective heritage of Washington County, New York, and its environs.
Its primary purpose is to promote public interest and participation in the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Washington County, NY. The
Heritage Research Library
, a repository for regional books, written documents, genealogical information, and memorabilia, and the publication of
, including those
published by the historical society
, highlight preservation efforts.
Lectures, workshops, tours and social events
are scheduled throughout the year. Society headquarters are situated in the
, built by entrepreneur Daniel Wood Wing c. 1815. This architecturally significant Federal style house is located in Fort Edward, New York.
Our 2020 calendar is available for sale! It will be a perfect holiday gift for the local history buffs on your holiday shopping list!! This year's calendar celebrates Women's Suffrage in Washington county. It is entitled "Well-behaved Women Can Make History!".
The calendar costs $10.00. You may purchase
on this site, at the WCHS Bookshop (open Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Wing-Northup house at 167 Broadway in Fort Edward), Battenkill Books (Cambridge), Old Wilson Homestead (Hebron), and the Old Fort House (Fort Edward). The calendar will make a great birthday, holiday or any time gift! Please call our headquarters at the Wing-Northup House (518) 747-9108 if you would like more information.
Dear Friends of the Washington County Historical Society:
In this the 80th Anniversary of the Washington County Historical Society, I am so very excited and honored to serve as your Society President. I look forward to meeting and interacting with you at the many great programs scheduled for the coming year. Please refer to the upcoming programs in this newsletter.
We are planning and working on some exciting changes within the society itself as well. To start with, we will be updating the by-laws to add some clarifications and make them a bit more contemporary. In addition, we will be putting together our new 5-Year Strategic Plan. To begin generating ideas for these goals, we have scheduled a workshop for March 28 starting at 9 AM at the Wing-Northrup house. If you would like to join us, you may let me know or just mark your calendar to attend this workshop. We'd welcome your ideas and involvement.
As times change, and as with many organizations, there is a critical need to develop funding strategies to keep our organization fiscally stable as we look forward and move into the organization's next 80 years. Therefore, we are activating a Development Committee to lead and help with these efforts. We are welcoming ideas, ways and means to generate donations and bequests, access grants and any other fundraising ideas. If you or anyone you know has an interest in participating in this committee for its very important work, please notify a board member. If you only have ideas to share, those are equally welcomed.
The Board is actively discussing creative ways and ideas on how to get more people involved in the society and how we can be more available to the general public. In that spirit, we would like to hear from the membership on suggestions for workshops, programs, online services and any other interactive opportunities.
I look forward to working for and with you in the coming year to accomplish good things together that will have a lasting impression and make sure that the history of Washington County is enjoyed and preserved for generations to come.
Nat Huntington, President
Contributions to the Washington County Historical Society, a 501 (c)3 not for profit institution, are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.