• IHS Traveling Exhibit

    The Stevens Museum at the John Hay Center Will Host IHS’s Traveling Exhibit The Hoosier Centennial: A Look Back at the 1916 Celebration Salem, Ind.—The Bicentennial of Indiana’s statehood offers a chance to look back on 200 years of Hoosier history, including the pageantry and spectacle surrounding its 100th birthday. The Stevens Museum will host […]

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  • Wagon Train at the Washington County Fairgrounds

    Attention all historical society members!  On Monday, October 10,2016,  a wagon train, traveling north from Corydon, will be stopping for the night at the Washington County Fairgrounds and invites the public out to visit this nostalgic event.  This official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy project will feature 10-12 horse-drawn wagons, recalling the days when the pioneers first migrated to […]

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  • Indiana Landmarks “Salem Stroll” & Regional Awards Banquet

    Spend a Sunday Strolling Through Salem’s Landmarks Sunday, October 23, 2016 Noon-5 p.m. Our Salem Stroll starts at noon with a guided walking tour of Salem’s National Register-listed square. At 1 p.m., head to the John Hay Center for a tour of the campus that includes the 1830s birthplace of John Milton Hay, personal secretary […]

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  • Old Settlers’ Dinner

    The Washington County Historical Society would like to invite all members and the public to join us on Saturday, September 10th, at 6:00pm, in the basement of the Stevens Museum at the John Hay Center, for our annual Old Settlers’ Dinner. This year’s presentation will be given by Karen Schwartz, President of the Historical Society […]

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  • 141st Old Settlers’ Days Festival

    Old Settlers’ Days is a free to the public annual festival first held for the community in 1875. It was established to commemorate and honor the pioneers who settled the wilderness lands of the Indiana Territory that would eventually become Washington County.   Held the 3rd weekend of September, every year, thousands of visitors gather at The John […]

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  • Thompson Family Reunion

    ATTENTION THOMPSON FAMILIES During the weekend of the 2016 Old Settlers’ Days Festival, September 17-18, members of the Moses Thompson family will be meeting in the Salem area to share family history information. For more information contact Lee Thompson, email: leethompson43@yahoo.com or call 812-212-4838.

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  • Junior Historical Society 4/30 and 5/21 Meetings

    Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, the May meeting of the Washington County Junior Historical Society, will be scheduled for Saturday, May 21st, at the normal time and location.  This meeting will include tours of the Stevens Museum and a Live Interpretation of Secretary of State, John Milton Hay, from the back porch of the […]

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  • 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 graveside ceremonies between June 10 […]

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  • Summer Quarterly Presentation-Art Showing

    The Washington County Historical Society is proud to announce our Summer Quarterly Presentation, featuring an art showing from Little York native artist; Lois Hawn Cunningham.  Numerous examples of her art will be on display for public viewing at the Stevens Museum @ The John Hay Center.  With the $2 museum admission patrons can see several works centered […]

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  • Junior Historical Society Meeting

    Due to the Easter holiday, the next meeting of the Washington County Junior Historical Society will be on Saturday, March 19th at 1000am, in the basement of the Stevens Museum.  We will continue to investigate our members genealogical roots and discuss our group project of constructing a scrapbook, to commemorate the bicentennial of Indiana, for preservation […]

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