Recent Events

Annual Fundraisers

A Taste of Washington County

Taste of Washington County - Wine Glasses.The annual Taste of Washington County is held in June and celebrates the region’s thriving culinary scene and wine culture. Guests enjoy food and dessert samplings from local caterers and chefs, along with tastes of wine, microbrews and spirits. At this event, the museum presents the “Heart of Washington County Award,” the highest honor awarded annually by the Washington County Museum to an individual(s) who has had a significant contribution to the community of Washington County.

The Garden Party

Garden Gala.The Garden Party is held in July at the home of Pat Reser. Guests enjoy top-notch food among the beautiful gardens with a special guest speaker, while supporting the museum’s educational and outreach programs and services.

Guest speakers have included award-winning poets, authors, historians, and experts in Washington County.

The Gala Annual Dinner and Auction

Ballroom Dancing FeetThe Gala is the museum’s annual dinner and auction held in the fall. This unforgettable event includes grand festivities fit for the occasion, truly making it a swank affair!

The evening begins with a wine and cocktail hour followed by an elegant seated dinner with decadent desserts. A local band will supply the music for those on the dance floor, and attendees will have the opportunity to take home one-of-a-kind prizes from the event’s silent and live auctions.

Phantom Ball

THE “Non-Event” of the Year! This year-end fundraiser is for everyone who has attended one-too-many fundraisers and would prefer to just stay home.   By staying home you save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.  Discover more about how to stay home and support the Washington County Museum at the same time!  For more details, please visit the Phantom Ball page.

Educational Opportunities

The Washington County Museum takes its mission to make history come alive through monthly and annual programs and events for all ages though a variety of educational programs and events including our monthly Family Day, Scout Days, and our educational programs for teachers such as the Touching History Mobile Museum. As a member or donor, your support keeps these programs going.

The museum’s signature special events allow community members to experience the museum as a center for historic, civic, cultural and community engagement. All proceeds from “A Taste of Washington County”, the annual “Garden Party”  and “A Swank Affair” go towards furthering the museum’s ability to educate and inspire our community through world-class cultural, art, history, and science programming.

To check upcoming events, lectures, and special events, see our events and lectures announcements and Program Calendar.

Crossroads Lecture Series

Audience at a Special Event.The Crossroads Lecture Series is a quarterly event that features a one-hour evening lecture by a guest speaker. Lectures are an exciting way to learn about Washington County history, politics, infamous personalities, and more about this vibrant community we live in.

Crossroads Lectures are free to members, $6 to the general public. We’ve more information about Crossroads Lectures on our site as well as news about upcoming lectures in our events and lectures announcements and Program Calendar.

Museum After Dark: For Adults Only

Younger Gatsby guests - Washington County MuseumMuseum After Dark is the museum’s Adults Only event, designed to make your museum visit social and fun.  These events are offered several times a year on various themes.  Past events have included “The Curator’s Closet of Curiosities”, “Dial ‘M’ for Murder in Washington County”, “Get Your Gatsby On” and “Game Night”.   The events range from interactive lectures, game playing, or dancing the night away while enjoying tasty snacks and adult beverages!  It’s a one-of-a-kind date night!  Check our events and lectures announcements for upcoming MAD events!