About Marion County Historical Society/Heritage Hall Museum

Founded in 1969, the Marion County Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Marion County, Ohio. In 1989 the Society purchased Marion's “Old Post Office” and renamed it, Heritage Hall, the National Register building, is now the Society's Headquarters and museum which houses an extensive collection of memorabilia representing the citizens, industries, and ideals that helped a small-town make its mark on the world. Exhibits promote the role women played in Marion County, highlighting their careers outside the home as well as civic organizations they joined. We also showcase the industry in the Marion County area, from the Marion Steam Shovel, building equipment that helped dig the Panama Canal, to Huber Manufacturing which helped modernize farming. Exhibits on Warren G. Harding, a local newspaperman who later went on to find political success as the 29th President of the United States. Heritage Hall is home to Prince Imperial, a Norman (Percheron) horse born in France in 1865 and descended from the stock owned by Napoleon. Marion resident Jacob Howser obtained Prince Imperial in 1868 from the stables of Napoleon III and brought him to Marion County. Heritage Hall is also home to the Wyandot Popcorn Museum, the largest, most impressive collection of popcorn wagons and peanut roasters in the United States. One of only two Popcorn Museums in the world, it also represents the largest collection of restored popcorn antiques.

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