March 25, 2024 Meeting


Centralia Mine Disaster Talk Scheduled on Anniversary

The Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society (MCGHS) will meet Monday, March 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Society's room at the Bryan-Bennett Library, 315 S. Maple in Salem. Butch Mathus, Mayor of Wamac, will give a talk on the Centralia No. 5 coal mine disaster which took place 77 years ago to the day, on March 25, 1947; 111 men were killed in the disaster. An interesting book on the topic is Hartley and Kenney’s Death Underground: The Centralia and West Frankfort Mine Disasters.

The public is always welcome to attend! Next month’s meeting will be held on Monday, April 22.


​~ 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.



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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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