Events & Exhibits

150 Years of Sports in Marion

Exhibit Open thru April 2019

Our museum building was once home to Marion’s first large-scale YMCA, so what better place to present the story of the early days of sports in Marion. This exhibit highlights the 150th year of the YMCA’s history in the area. It will introduce you to some historical sports crazes – like shuffleboard, pedestrianism, bicycling, horseshoes, duck pin bowling and push ball. And will even try to explain our enduring love for football, baseball, basketball, track and other high school athletics.

Opening day admission is free thanks to the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.

Have a story to share? Submit your story here and be a part of this exhibit.  (You may also call or stop by the Heritage Center to submit your story.)


October Board Meeting

Thursday, October 25 – 3:30 p.m.

Monthly board meetings are open to our members and the public. They are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.


Soup Supper Fundraiser

Sunday, October 28 – 5-7 p.m.

Tickets $6.50 in advance  –  $8 at the door  –  (Kids under 6 years are free)

Don’t miss our 15th Annual Soup Supper. This popular event features a delicious bowl of soup, drink and dessert. Visit with your friends and neighbors, bid on great silent auction baskets, and view the 150 Years of Marion Sports exhibit. (Children are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes.)

Tickets are available at the Heritage Center and from members of our board of directors. (Note, doors open at 4:50; last serving is at 6:45)

This year’s soups: Broccoli cheese, chili, chicken noodle, ham & bean, Irish potato. Plus, Gluten Free chicken noodle, chili and corn bread.

Silent auction items:
“House Divided” Iowa State/University of Iowa quilt made by Carol Ann Thurness
“Westward” framed print by Edwin H. Blashfield and signed by Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds; donated by Larry & Joan Nesset.

Sponsorships and silent auction contribution opportunities are still available. Contact the Heritage Center at 447-6376 for more information.

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