The Washington Historical Society announces the arrival of the commemorative books celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Washington.
The books mark the culmination of 21-month project undertaken by the society’s publications committee. They were delivered to the museum this week.
The 393-page book chronicles the story of Washington, what it is and how it came to be. It contains over 600 images as well as information about businesses, churches, government, organizations and family stories contributed by members of the public.
The book is intended to complement the events planned by the Washington 175th Anniversary Committee.
Sixty percent of the anniversary books have been preordered by individuals and organizations. The remaining books are for sale at the museum.
Those who preordered books can pick them up at the museum located at 113 E. Fourth St. in Washington. Those who have pre-arranged for mail delivery will receive them during the next two weeks.
Anyone who submitted photos for inclusion in the book also may pick them up at the museum.
Books and pictures are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 175th Anniversary Book follows the publication of the “The Development of Missouri” by Gert Goebel which was completed in 2012.
The historical society also plans to publish the “Washington Historical Series” featuring biographies of regionally significant individuals and historical subjects of local interest.
The first publication in this series will be the autobiography of Henry J. Bleckman, former Washington mayor and businessman, and will be released in November.
Several other publications are in the early stages of development. The publications committee welcomes suggestions for biographies or other subjects that would be relevant to the society’s mission to preserve and make available historical information regarding the development of the region.