The Marion County Historical Society, Inc was founded in 1908 by Bernard L. Butcher, who was the State Superintendent of schools in 1880. Too often, local history is lost. To ensure that doesn't happen, The Marion County Historical Society, Inc has established a perpetual endowment fund with the Community Endowment Fund at WesBanco, the proceeds of which will be used to preserve the heritage of Fairmont and Marion County. The principal cannot be touched and the Society receives a dividend the first of each year.


President - Dora K. Grubb
Vice President - Dr. Fredrick Fidura
Secretary - Elizabeth Coleman
Treasurer - Gena Wagaman
Parliamentarian - Royal Watts
Historian - JoAnn Lough


Pat Watts - Executive Assistance
Mary Bronson (summer) - MCHS Library & Archives
Gladys Miller - Executive Assistance
James Ribel - Museum Director
Betty Andrews - Worker

How do I become a member?

Any person regardless of race, age, or religion can be a member by completing an application and paying his/her dues each year. We encourage the participation of youth under the age of 18. Need not be a resident of Marion County or West Virginia to join.

Organizations, clubs and businesses are also welcomed members! Please complete and return the official Marion County Historical Society Membership Form.

How to Volunteer?

Everyone is welcomed as a volunteer whether is for a special project or an ongoing program. It is not necessary to be a member to volunteer, but we hope you will join. A volunteer is required to fill out and complete a form.

Youth Volunteering: What It Can Do for You

Hello. Have you ever found yourself sitting at home looking for something to do? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you have an interest in history? If you answered yes to the above questions volunteering for the Marion County Historical Society is the perfect thing for you!

My name is Drew Edwards and I am sixteen years old. I have been a volunteer for the Marion County Historical Society for the past three years. In my humble opinion, the Marion County Historical Society is a very beneficial organization for our youth to be involved in. When being a part of our wonderful society you learn about what our ancestors have accomplished right in our very own backyards. It is beyond a doubt fascinating to see how much our state, let alone county, has contributed to major events in our nation’s history. Learning these facts really comes in handy when taking eighth grade West Virginia history. The beauty of being a volunteer for the Marion County Historical Society is that once you have learned some of the great things our people have done, you are able to teach others. Knowledge is truly the gift that keeps on giving, and one that can never be taken away.

Volunteering is like chicken noodle soup; it warms the soul. When you volunteer you are able to make a difference in your community, and sometimes even people’s lives. The school boards have realized how important volunteer work really is, so they have required students to perform community service in order to graduate. Volunteering for the Marion County Historical Society allows you to accumulate the amount of hours of volunteer work needed to graduate while having fun. The educational benefits are endless and the networking opportunities, countless. The up side is enormous. So when considering how to obtain your volunteer hours necessary for graduation, I highly recommend attaining them through the Marion County Historical Society.


Community Service Hours

Indivuals, students or clubs are welcomed to earn required hours with us. At the present students from Fairmont State University earn their hours here as well as members of the Master Gardeners Club.
Internships are also available in areas of preservation of the archives and design for displays and exhibits. We are willing to work with any school, college or university as we have qualified members to supervisor.