Washington County Historical Society

WCHS Programs & Events - 2018

Below are programs planned to date for 2018. 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.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9 to 5

Battles and Brews Tour

$50 for members, $60 for non-members
Fee includes a box lunch and samples of local craft beverages
The tour benefits WCHS.
For more information call 518-747-9108 or email pdniles@gmail.com

Sunday, September 23rd from 1-5 p.m.


The celebration will be held at the former South Argyle Presbyterian Church (located at the corner of Lohret Road and Co. Rte 49, 1 mi. from St. Rte 40 in South Argyle or approximately 5 miles from Rte 29 at the turn for Cossayuna Lake between East Greenwich and Greenwich) The event will feature an Open House. The church closed a number of years ago and it is in the process of being restored. Visitors will see a model of how the church looked when it was still functioning as a church. There will be displays and information on local history as well as the ongoing restoration. Steve Matte of Queensbury will have a special display on the postal system in Washington County in years gone by. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk around the ancient to modern cemetery behind the church. Argyle historian Sue Brennan will be on hand to answer questions about the interesting history of the South Argyle area. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. For more information call 518-638-8308. It promises to be an interesting afternoon.

Daniel Shays Rebellion

September 25 - 7:00 p.m.

Steve Butz will present "Shay's Settlement Project: A Story of Revolt and Archaeology" at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville. This event is co-sponsored by the Slate Valley Museum.

Stephen Butz (website) weaves together the tale of the archaeological investigation, along with Shays's heroic life in the Continental army, his role in the infamous rebellion that bears his name and his influence on American law.

Buy the book HERE.

October 27 - 10:00 a.m. WCHS Annual Membership Meeting

The WCHS Annual Meeting will start at 10 a.m. and coffee and pastries will be served. Our business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Proudfit Hall in Salem. Luncheon is tentatively planned to be catered by Brooklyn Marie's Restaurant. The program will feature Al Cormier portraying General John Williams and a tour of the Old Burying Ground (Revolutionary Cemetery) where the stones have been recently cleaned by the Salem Rotary Club. Mary and Michael Skelly will conduct a cannon demonstration.