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Mission Statement

The Marion County Historical Society (MCHS), founded in 1969, nurtures interest in local history through publishing, lectures, special events, children's programming and the operation of The Marion County Historical Society Museum.


In May of 1989 the Society purchased Marion's "Old Post Office," renaming it "Heritage Hall." This National Register building is now the Society's headquarters and museum.

MCHS is committed to collecting, preserving, and interpreting Marion County's history and wishes to encourage the participation and support of new members and volunteers. The Society's collections include artifacts, documents and photographs that are used in exhibitions and programs to enhance understanding of Marion County's rich history, from prehistoric times thru early white settlement, the industrial boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to the present day.

MCHS's Harding Presidential Collections chronicle the life and career of Warren G. Harding of Marion, 29th President of the United States.

The Marion County Historical Society and the Marion Area Genealogy Society jointly operate the Rinker/Howser Resource Center, a research facility for Marion County and Ohio history. Resources include books, manuscripts, family histories, bound Marion newspapers, videos, audiotapes and Family Tree Maker software.

MCHS also owns and operates the fully restored 1897 Linn School the 1851 Wilhelm/Seiter log house, MCHS also owns and maintains a prairie remnant while voluntarily caring for another.


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