Current Exhibit

Worth Their Medal: Commemorating 75 Years of Veterans Day

On Exhibit Through April 29, 2023

This exhibit features the history of Marion’s American Legion Post 289, the largest American Legion organization in the state of Iowa. 

The exhibit also celebrates Marion veterans who served from the Seminoles Wars through Vietnam. On display are the names and biographies of these local veterans along with more than 50 medals awarded by all branches of the military.

Accompanying the exhibit will be a series of events, speakers and programs.

Admission is free. 

Samuel Markus Austin was a Marion resident who served in the US Navy during WW II. His ship, the Helena, was eventually sunk and his body never recovered. There is a marker for him in the Oak Shade Cemetery.
Civil War Re-Enactment Program
Sunday, November 13 at 1:30 p.m.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum is pleased to welcome American History re-enactor Barry Grove for our first program of the “Worth Their Medal” exhibit. Admission is free. 

Grove will portray a Confederate soldier and the life he would have led. His topics include uniforms, music, diet, battlefield tactics, personal effects (toothbrush, razor, pipe, money), weapons and medical treatments/equipment. The audience is asked to participate in some of the presentation. Grove demonstrates how to load the muzzle of a musket like those used during the Civil War.

The man Grove depicts was born in 1843 in Covington, Kentucky. While the state did not officially secede from the United States, several regiments were mustered for the Confederate States of America. In 1863, at 20 years old, Baker enlisted in Covington’s Company G, Eighth Kentucky infantry. After the war, he and his family made their way to Marion in 1891. Baker was employed at the Milwaukee roundhouse. He died in 1931, at the age of 88, and is buried in Oak Shade Cemetery. 

A retired school administrator, Grove, 75, has enjoyed educating students as a re-enactor throughout Eastern Iowa for nearly 30 years. “I try to bring history to life by donning my costume(s) and using my props,” Grove said. “I think it helps enrich the textbook stuff.” 

Grove will return to the Marion Heritage Center & Museum on Sunday, March 12, at 1:30 pm, as British colonist Jonas Parker, Jr., living in 1760.