Washington County Historical Society

WCHS Programs & Events - 2019

Below are programs planned to date for 2019. Our programming is open to the public, and we especially encourage our members to attend. Updated information and program additions are noted on the WCHS Facebook page. The programs we run, the services we provide, and the library itself all take support from you, our membership. Please encourage other history minded people to join WCHS so we are able to continue our current programs and start new programs to keep Washington County history alive.


Clifford Oliver Mealy is presenting a program on John Henry on Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Whitehall Baptist Church on Williams Street in the Village of Whitehall (snow date: Tuesday, Feb 26 at 7 p.m. in the same location)

Program on John Henry


The Greenwich-Easton Historical Association will host a program about the early rural schools in the town of Easton at the Easton Library in conjunction with the Association's Annual Meeting on March 3, 2019 at 2 PM. The library is located in North Easton, NY on Route 40.

Helen Brownell, the now retired librarian of the library having served in that position for 30 years, will speak about the research she and Vera Beecroft have done on the numerous rural schools in Easton. Their research, started in the late 1990s, has just been completed. This information has been collected in the form of booklets, and there are now a total of seven, in which the history and memories of those still living who attended these schools has been collected. For these two ladies, it has been a labor of love and the desire to preserve this information before it is lost to following generations.

For all those who have wondered what it is was like to attend such a school, this is a wonderful chance to learn about those times. Many of our countries early great leaders, some of whom were from Washington County, attended such schools which were the foundation of our present public school education system.

The program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.