Notes & News

2021 Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the People’s Choice Award winners from the 2021 Art by Your Friends and Neighbors exhibit at the Marion Heritage Center. Special thanks to sponsor Hills Bank and Trust Company for providing cash prizes to our winners. The annual art exhibit marked its 20th anniversary in 2021. Due to derecho damage at the museum, a virtual gallery...
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Newsletter – July 2021

Download the Marion Historical Society newsletter for July 2021. (pdf)
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Annual Membership Meeting July 29

The Marion Historical Society will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at the Marion Heritage Center & Museum. A social gathering will start at 3:30 p.m. with the meeting commencing at 4:00 p.m. Agenda items include the board of directors report by Jay Kacena, president; financial report by Nevin Meredith, treasurer;...
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Director to Retire

Lynette Brenzel, the Executive Director of the Marion Heritage Center & Museum has announced her plan to retire at the end of August. Brenzel has directed the Marion Historical Society’s operations for the past nine years. Exhibits and programs she has worked on have included former Marion leaders, oldest businesses, railroads, and the Lincoln Highway....
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Newsletter – April 2021

Download the Marion Historical Society newsletter for April 2021. (pdf)
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Fowler Sextet Comes to Marion

This bicycle built for six was a sensation when it visited Marion in May of 1896.
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A new roof over our heads

We have a new roof going up! Here are some photos from December 2020, when work crews installed new rafters and shingles on the Heritage Center roof.
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By the seaside in Marion

We bet you didn’t know Marion featured seaside views in days past. Kim Ketelsen recently donated this plate that belonged to his mother, Bettymae Ketelsen. It always made him smile.
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First bicycle side path law

Credit Governor Theodore Roosevelt with signing the first bicycle side path law into effect in 1899. Learn why it would take another 60 years before bicycle trails were supported in Iowa.
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