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About the Cannery Bricks: 
An integral part of Washington’s economy from 1910 until 1945, the Dickinson-Libby Cannery has deep roots in Washington. Not only home to the canning factory and much employment for the area, the Cannery was also once used to hold over 200 German prisoners of war during World War II. Of course, who could forget Libby's famous pumpkin pie recipe, developed right here in Washington, IL, at the Dickinson home on South Main street.

These limited quantity bricks were pulled from the old cannery, part of which was recently leveled, and were made available to the Society by Rick Bess of Alliance Wheel Service LLC. 

Looking to own a piece of Washington history??  The Washington Historical Society is proudly offering authentic Dickinson-Libby Cannery bricks and you could be one of just a few to own one!   Only 150 are available to purchase, and will include a certificate of authenticity! 

Individual bricks are $75 with walnut base, and $25 without a base.
*If mailed there will be a $15.00 added postage fee.

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About the Museum Bricks:
The Zinser-Martini house, built in 1858, is one of the oldest structures still standing in Washington. To preserve an important part of the community's heritage, the Washington Historical Society purchased the home and converted it into a museum, community meeting place and headquarters for the society.  The sidewalk in front of the home will be replaced by a personalized engraved brick assuring your contribution will be long remembered.

Besides having your name inscribed on a brick, you may order a customized brick with the name of your business, a loved one, your name and year of WCHS class! 

The brick will be 4" x 8" in size, individually engraved and filled with a black epoxy compound for an enhanced appearance and greater durability.  Your contribution will make Washington's past an important part of it's future!

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Purchase on-line using the "buy now" button to your left or please call the Washington Historical Society at
309-444-4793.  If no answer, please leave a message regarding your desired purchase. The proceeds from the sponsored bricks will be applied to the repairs of the Dement-Zinser House and the Doctor’s Museum.

As a bonus, our own Mary Kerr has written a book detailing the unforgettable history of the Cannery in Washington.   A portion of the sales will go to the Washington Historical Society.