Washington County Historical Society
Due to the COVID-19 virus, The Wing-Northrup House will be closed until future notice. Books are still available online and your orders will be filled and mailed. Research can still be done online and your emails will still be answered by our Librarian. Thank you for your patience during these times.

Susan B Anthony

There will be a number of activities sponsored by WCHS this year related to women's suffrage and the 200th Birthday of Susan B. Anthony. Please visit our EVENTS PAGE for this year's schedule and check our NEWS page for more info.

Our 2020 calendar is available for sale! It will be a perfect holiday gift for the local history buffs on your holiday shopping list!! This year's calendar celebrates Women's Suffrage in Washington county. It is entitled "Well-behaved Women Can Make History!". Read More.

The calendar costs $10.00. You may purchase on this site, at the WCHS Bookshop (open Weds. 10-4 and Fri 10-5 at the Wing-Northup house at 167 Broadway in Fort Edward), Battenkill Books (Cambridge), Old Wilson Homestead (Hebron), and the Old Fort House (Fort Edward). The calendar will make a great birthday, holiday or any time gift! Please call our headquarters at the Wing-Northup House (518) 747-9108 if you would like more information.

The Washington County Historical Society is an educational organization dedicated to engaging diverse audiences in the study and appreciation of the collective heritage of Washington County, New York, and its environs. Its primary purpose is to promote public interest and participation in the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Washington County, NY. The Heritage Research Library, a repository for regional books, written documents, genealogical information, and memorabilia, and the publication of regional books and annual journals, including those published by the historical society, highlight preservation efforts.

Lectures, workshops, tours and social events are scheduled throughout the year. Society headquarters are situated in the Wing-Northup House, built by entrepreneur Daniel Wood Wing c. 1815. This architecturally significant Federal style house is located in Fort Edward, New York. See map.

February 2020

Dear Friends of the Washington County Historical Society:

In this the 80th Anniversary of the Washington County Historical Society, I am so very excited and honored to serve as your Society President. I look forward to meeting and interacting with you at the many great programs scheduled for the coming year. Please refer to the upcoming programs in this newsletter.

We are planning and working on some exciting changes within the society itself as well. To start with, we will be updating the by-laws to add some clarifications and make them a bit more contemporary. In addition, we will be putting together our new 5-Year Strategic Plan. To begin generating ideas for these goals, we have scheduled a workshop for March 28 starting at 9 AM at the Wing-Northrup house. If you would like to join us, you may let me know or just mark your calendar to attend this workshop. We'd welcome your ideas and involvement.

As times change, and as with many organizations, there is a critical need to develop funding strategies to keep our organization fiscally stable as we look forward and move into the organization's next 80 years. Therefore, we are activating a Development Committee to lead and help with these efforts. We are welcoming ideas, ways and means to generate donations and bequests, access grants and any other fundraising ideas. If you or anyone you know has an interest in participating in this committee for its very important work, please notify a board member. If you only have ideas to share, those are equally welcomed.

The Board is actively discussing creative ways and ideas on how to get more people involved in the society and how we can be more available to the general public. In that spirit, we would like to hear from the membership on suggestions for workshops, programs, online services and any other interactive opportunities.

I look forward to working for and with you in the coming year to accomplish good things together that will have a lasting impression and make sure that the history of Washington County is enjoyed and preserved for generations to come.

Nat Huntington, President

Contributions to the Washington County Historical Society, a 501 (c)3 not for profit institution, are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.