Washington Illinois Historical Society - Washington, Illinois - Founded 1825

  Sharing stories of survival and hope.......

HOPE Lives On

Click HERE to submit your story, 
photos/videos online!


Following the devastating tornado that ripped through Washington on 11-17-13, the Washington Historical Society and the Washington District Library are combing efforts to bring the HOPE Lives On project, which seeks to help Washington residents tell their stories, share their digital media (video/photo), and to help future generations understand and know that the community always stood Washington Strong, even in the wake of an EF-4 tornado.

Members of the community are encouraged to share their experiences of 11-17-13 by writing out their story of devastation, survival, and hope, as well as share photos/video from that fateful day. The Washington District Library and Washington Historical Society will work to archive and copy the stories in an effort to preserve them for future generations.

Stories can be submitted in either computer-typed or hand-written format. Digital media is accepted through CD, DVD, hard copy, or donated flash-drive. 

There are two (2) ways to submit

1: Drop off your story and/or digital media at the 
Washington District Library during 
regular hours and fill out a story release form
(Sunnyland or Five Points)


Do you need assistance writing out your story? 
Having trouble getting it all in to words?

A team of Washington (IL) based volunteers are eager to help you with the process and would gladly sit down with you to help  you write out your story. 

To request assistance, 
call the Washington District Library at 309.444-2241
or fill out the form below and a volunteer writer will be in contact with you. 

Have questions? Shoot us an email at

Writing Assistance Request
Phone #:
Level of assistance needed:
I need someone to proof-read/help edit my story
I need help compiling chunks into a full story
I need help processing through my story
I need help writing my story
I have no idea where to start!

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