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WCHS Annual Meeting:
The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws revisions to be voted upon at the Annual membership meeting are available for your review. The organizational documents as a whole will be voted as “approved” or “disapproved“ by the membership. The membership votes to approve the entire body of changes, or disapproves the entire body of changes.
Click here to review the Articles of Incorporation and By Laws
**If you cannot attend the annual member meeting on November 21, 2020, you still have a voice! Proxies are included on this page, can be emailed (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or can be picked up at the Steven’s Museum or The Depot. Proxy forms must be filled out for each absent voting member. Proxy forms can be turned in to the Museum for safekeeping by the Board Secretary, or presented by the proxy and recorded at the election.
Click here to download a WCHS Proxy Form
**A virtual meeting offering will be available, details will be shared to the membership in subsequent notices.
**All WCHS memberships must be current and paid in full by our record date, October 31, 2020 at 5:00pm, to vote at the November Membership Meeting.
Preserving Washington Co. heritage for the past, present and future.
In 1965, with only 15 active members and $50.00, we became the benefactor of a former resident. Her generosity and that of hundreds of interested people (both monetary and volunteer) enabled us to build a facility known as the Stevens Museum. We also acquired the John Hay Birthplace., restored it to the 1840 period and placed it on the National Register for Historic Places.
The beautiful complex, known as “The John Hay Center” was dedicated in 1971, debt free. Later additions to the museum include opening the Dean Gallery on the 3rd floor, doubling the display space and building a two story wing to the library in 1984. The Pioneer Village on the grounds began in 1980 by moving and reassembling an authentic log cabin.
Our Genealogical Library is known nationwide for the outstanding collection of research material on local and affiliated history and is added to weekly by our staff, volunteers and patrons.