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Washington County Historical Society*

Mission

Historical Museum and Educational Society. The Washington County Historical Society ("WCHS") is a center for preservation, research, and education that inspires the discovery and sharing of Washington County's remarkable history. Central to this mission is WCHS's administration of the historic Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne House, an enduring beacon of freedom and social reform, for the benefit of the public.

Programs and Services

  • The Washington County Historical Society (“WCHS”) is a center for preservation, research, and education that inspires the discovery and sharing of Washington County's remarkable history. Central to this mission is WCHS's administration of the historic LeMoyne House in Washington, Pa., an enduring beacon of social reform and inclusivity, for the benefit of the public.
  • WCHS collects, preserves, and curates materials that chronicle the history of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, including topics such as the area’s early settlement, the Whiskey Rebellion, the National Road, the Abolitionist Movement, and the Underground Railroad. WCHS also seeks to preserve Washington County's rich African American heritage with the Waller-McDonald Collection of African American History.
  • WCHS engages with an audience of thousands each year through public tours, displays, events, research assistance, and other educational/outreach programming. Covering broad demographics from school-age children to seniors, this audience is continually expanding with WCHS's virtual programming initiatives.
  • The signature cultural asset of WCHS is the LeMoyne House, a National Historic Landmark relative to Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne's public involvement in the Abolitionist Movement and his private participation in the Underground Railroad network. The home of WCHS since 1943, the LeMoyne House is now preserved by WCHS as a museum open to the public.
  • In 2023, WCHS enters a new era with the opening of its state-of-the-art facility devoted to the study, preservation, and exhibition of our region’s history – the Research & Education Center – situated on East Maiden Street directly across from the LeMoyne House. Other sites under WCHS's administration include the LeMoyne Crematory and the Frontier History Center at Washington Park.

Primary Revenue Sources

Individual Donors, Foundations, Programming Revenue, and Grants (State, County, & Misc Grant Giving Organizations)

Primary Fundraising Event

Washington County Hall of Fame Awards Banquet

2021 Financials

Federal Tax ID 25-1371578
Revenue 186073
Expenses 167445
Net Assets 339358

Contact

Name: Clay Kilgore
Title: Executive Director
Email: clay@wchspa.net
Website: www.wchspa.org
Phone: 724-225-6740
Address: 49 E. Maiden St.
Washington, PA 15301

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