​​February 26, 2024 Meeting

The February 2024 meeting of the Marion County Genealogical and Historical Society (MCGHS), will feature a portrayal of Mary Putnam Rand Lemen, provided by Karen Short, Past Regent of the local Isaac Hull Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Mary Putnam Rand was sent to Illinois as a missionary and arrived in Salem in 1834 where she also started a female seminary in 1839. She married Reverend Benjamin Lemen, a Baptist minister, in 1842 and they settled in Salem.

The meeting will be Monday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bryan-Bennett Library. The library is located at 315 S. Maple in Salem. The public is always welcome!

Looking ahead to the March meeting on Monday, March 25, Butch Mathus, Mayor of Wamac, IL, will give a talk on the Centralia No. 5 coal mine disaster which took place 77 years ago, on March 25, 1947; 111 people were killed.


​~ 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.
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