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Marcus Historical Society ready to raise money

Monday, July 25, 2011

The proposed addition to the Marcus Historical Society building with the new addition will fill the space of land south of the present church sitting there and a private residence. It will run east to west with the new addition. Drawing contributed.
MARCUS - The Marcus Historical Society is pleased with the proposed addition to their present building that Bob Leavitt has put together for the group.

The project can be done in stages with the first stage being to move and situate the present building on a cement foundation of around four feet. One of the doors from the front may be eliminated as it was only a second choice to gain access to the basement. With no basement, that door might be eliminated. It will be situated next to present Mount Pleasant Church on the south side facing east.

The new addition measures at 48 feet by 48 feet. That will provide much welcome space to display various community antiques, such as a vintage car donated to the society last year, an antique railroad cart, and antique fire equipment. It will allow the society to have theme displays providing insight to what life in Marcus was ike 100 years ago. There are farm items and educational items that will remind folks of how life once was in Marcus and the surrounding area.

To do all of this will take some money---estimates are $150,000. Many are enthusiastic about this project and believe this is a wonderful time to invest in what will be an educational treat for those who will stop and tour the facility. Very shortly members of the Society will begin taking pledges and donations for this project.

Many groups have taken a tour through the building. With each group, more folks are finding it a pleasure to see the work that has gone into making the building worthy of one's time. The group has sponsored a guest day in June for the last three years to the delight of those in attendance. It has been a number of years since the group has sponsored a cemetery walk when five families share their history of early settlers and their contributions to Marcus. Also their genealogy corner keeps growing as files keep growing.

Membership keeps growing as well, which is now paid annually due at fair time. The dues are $10 for a single or $15 for family. The group's purpose is to preserve for the public benefit and education the heritage of the Marcus community.

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