Notes & News

Marion Noon Lions Club Lunch

The Marion Noon Lions Club enjoyed eating pizza and hearing a presentation by David Brenzel about the Marion Heritage Center’s current exhibit “The Fuel Question” on Thursday, March 24. The Heritage Center loves hosting groups and helping them explore current exhibits.
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Library Volunteer Needed

A primary benefit of membership in our Historical Society is access to our library. From early editions of the “History of Linn County,” to Marvin Oxley’s diaries, and virtually every issue of the Marion Sentinel … the Heritage Center Library is a community treasure. Unique among its features is the collection of select documentation assembled by Pat Klopfenstein on dozens of subjects...
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Bill Reed

Bill Reed was a 1934 Marion High School graduate who achieved the status of true American Hero fame and died 10 years later. Now, almost 80 years later, representatives of the Marion Historical Society have been asked to present the case for memorializing Flying Tiger Ace Bill Reed by designating and naming the runway area of the Marion Airport as “Lieutenant...
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Soldier Statue

In 1914, members of the Women’s Relief Corps dedicated a statue in City Square Park commemorating the sacrifice and victory of the Union soldier after the American Civil War. The statue was one of thousands produced and erected in cities across America – at least in the North. Given the fact that more than 100 years have passed and the Civil...
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Annual Meeting June 30

The Marion Historical Society will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2022 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 Erik Miles, treasurer;...
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Newsletter – March 2022

Download the Marion Historical Society newsletter for March 2022. (pdf)
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Kacena Honored for Volunteer Work

We are proud to announce that our Marion Historical Society board president, Jay Kacena, was inducted into the prestigious 9 Who Care Hall of Fame on February 19. KCRG’s Joe Winters and Nicole Agee hosted a dinner and presentation at the Czech and Slovak Museum. Inductees received a medal, a plaque, and $500 to the...
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Cira’s Grocery Store

Many people today have fond memories of Cira’s Grocery Store across Seventh Avenue from City Square Park. They talk about the ice cream on a stick made by Mike Cira’s brother-in-law, Charlie Gallo. This unique confection was made of ice cream “wrapped” on a stick and dipped in chocolate which immediately became hard. Jack Larson says the “lollipops” were made for...
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Newsletter – December 2021

Download the Marion Historical Society newsletter for December 2021. (pdf)
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