• Junior Historical Society – Summer Break

    Due to everyone’s busy summer schedules, the Washington County Junior Historical Society will break for the summer months of June & July, and resume our monthly meetings on August 27th.  We hope you will all have an enjoyable and historic summer vacation! Please remember, we still hope to see our members at the Indiana Bicentennial events occurring […]

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  • Indiana Bicentennial Event – Crown Hill Cemetery

    Indiana Bicentennial Event-Crown Hill Cemetery In conjunction with the Indiana Bicentennial, the Indiana Archive and Records Administration (IARA) is planning to honor the 43 pioneer delegates, who met in Corydon 200 years ago, to compose Indiana’s first constitution and establish our statehood.  To commemorate the contributions of our state’s founding fathers, the IARA will be holding public […]

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  • Come Meet John Hay!

    The Washington County Junior Historical Society is proud to announce, on Saturday, May 21st, a morning meeting with our namesake, John Milton Hay.  Mr. Hay, who was born on our property in 1838, went on to become a great American statesman, diplomat, author and poet, whose political career spanned over 50 years.  He will join […]

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  • Seeking 50’s era County Cheerleaders Uniform

    The Stevens Museum @ The John Hay Center is currently seeking a donation from any citizens who participated as high school cheerleaders in the 1950’s era.  We are desperately searching for a uniform similar to the ones pictured above for display in our newly expanded High School Sports room. If you are in possession of […]

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  • Numerous Members had their Historian Magazines Returned to Sender

    The following list of members had their most recent copy of The Historian returned to the museum as unable to forward.  If you have recently moved and wish to continue your membership with the Washington County Historical Society, please email us at info@johnhaycenter.org, call us at (812) 883-6495 or stop by the Stevens Museum, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm, […]

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  • Washington Co. Land of the Indians Pt. 2 – The Blue River Legend of the Shawnee Princess Eva

    As previously mentioned, in segment 1 of the Indian history, we do not have very much information on the era of time the Shawnee Indian tribal bands occupied the southwest sections of our county.  It is believed they migrated north prior to the end of 1810, so there would not have been much of a pioneer population […]

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  • Seeking County Racing History

    During our period of display renovations, we will be expanding the Washington County Racing History Display in the upstairs gallery and would greatly appreciate donations from any time era representing the sport in our county. Examples of desired items are; photographs or memorabilia from any of the county speedways/raceways; the Salem Speedway, Thunder Valley or […]

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  • Washington County Junior Historical Society

    The inaugural meeting of the Washington County Junior Historical Society will take place this Saturday at 10:30am, in the basement of the Stevens Museum @ the John Hay Center. Any county resident aged 9-18 is welcome to enroll in the society. Please bring a parent or guardian with you to the initial meeting, along with […]

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  • Welcome Back & Happy Indiana Bicentennial New Year!

    The John Hay Center and the Washington County Historical Society would like to wish you & yours a very Happy Indiana Bicentennial & New Year!  The Stevens Museum has reopened from our holiday break and we need to apologize to any patrons visiting our facility through the winter months, for any inconveniences caused by current […]

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  • This Friday Indiana Turns 199 Years Old!!

    Friday December 11, 2015 at 1300hrs/1pm; the Washington County Board of Commissioners would like to extend an open invitation to all of our county’s citizens to attend a public gathering on the North side of the Washington County Courthouse, to honor the 199th anniversary of Indiana’s admittance as the 19th state of the Union.  The Washington County Historical […]

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