The Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society meets at 6:00 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month (except May and December) at the Bryan-Bennett Library  in Salem, Illinois. The annual business meeting takes place in June.
Special events and presentations are announced and are open to the public.
Membership for a full year can be obtained for a cost of $25 for a single membership, $27 for a joint membership, and $35 for a sustaining membership. The membership year runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following calendar year.

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April 22, 2024 Meeting

Book Talk: "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President"

The April 2024 meeting of the MCGHS, will feature Leonard Rose speaking about the book “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” – about James A. Garfield. The meeting will be held Monday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bryan-Bennett Library. The library is located at 315 S. Maple Street in Salem. The public is always welcome!

There is no meeting in May due to the Memorial Day Holiday. The June 24 meeting, the Society’s Annual Meeting, will be held at the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church in the Kinmundy area, which will celebrate its 175th anniversary this year. Joyce Wilkins is the speaker.

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​~ The Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society was founded in 1976 as a not-for-profit organization. The Society is located in the county seat of Salem, IL.

~ The purpose of the organization is "to bring together those people interested in the history or genealogy of our community" and to "discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the county."

~ Furthermore, the Society "will disseminate historical and genealogical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing such material."  As a means to that end, we publish a quarterly magazine called Footprints in Marion County  that members receive as a benefit of their membership in our group.