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The Frank and Jane Gabor Folklife Center and the Marion County Historical Society, are jointly hosting Paolo Battaglia for his two day stay in Fairmont. The Museum will hold an Open House at the Museum from 10-2 on October 7. Then we will be proceeding to Folklife Center for an Open House where he will present a program at 3:00 and then be free to talk to individuals. He is especially interested in meeting and talking with individuals their Italian Heritage.

After his power point presentation, he would very much like to meet the Italian descents. Please bring photographs to share.
Paolo Battaglia,is an Italian writer and historian interested in the Italian American experience. His latest research project, in partnership with the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., resulted in the publication of the books “Trovare l’America. Storia illustrata degli Italo Americani nelle collezioni della Library of Congress” – in Italian – and “Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens. A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress” – in English – (Anniversary Books, Battaglia says: "After presenting the books on many occasions both in Italy and in the States, I realized that for Italians today there is much more to discover about the present of Italian American identity and communities, and I'm preparing to fly to the States for my next research "Italian American Country”, whose main aim is to visit some of the most lively small communities that can trace their origins to the Italian immigration

.We hope that many people will take an advantage of this wonderful opportunity to share their family's Heritage.

. Below: GFWC Woman's Club of Fairmont at the History Expo promoting the historic Thomas & Annie Fleming mansion>NEWSLETTER<

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Hello Friends and History Lovers!

Marion County Candlelight Ghost Tales at Marion County Museum


7 pm – 8:30 and 8:30 – 10 pm
211 Adams Street,
Fairmont,WV  394-367-5398

Come listen to true ghost tales of Marion County in the 100 year old jail where some of them may have happened. Others you may have never heard of before. As there is no
electricity, these stories will be told by candlelight. Dr. Judy Byers will be the guest speaker one night Presenting the Lady in Red.

Shows at 7 & 8:30
Adults $5 under 12: free
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
1st Showing 7 p.m. 2nd at 8:30

The Dinner Theatre Production of
Suzan Nourse, Witch of Marion County
JoAnn Lough, Fairmont State University speech communication and theatre professor emeriti, is the author and living history interpreter of the program. She will be taking you back to 1786 to the Paw-Paw district to a little known event in our local history.
The portrayal  of  the character is based on the research of JoAnn’s father some of which can be found in his popular book “Now and Long Ago: A History of the Marion County Area”.
Prior to the play,  period music will be provided by We Three Plus One.  There will also be antique quilt  display including a 200 year old coverlet made from flax owned by Elizabeth Swiger. Nancy Corthers will be our white glove turner  in the palor.
Dinner will be Catered by Linda Jack.
Date:  10/18/2014
Place: Central United Methodist Church
301 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554
Time:  6:00 p.m.   Doors open at 5
Cost:  MCHS Members $22.50     Non- Members  $25.00
Tickets:   Must be purchased by 10/14/2014 by either purchasing  from Faith Bowyer & Dora Grubb. Stop by the Marion County Museum, or mail to Mchs, P.O. Box 1636,
Fairmont, WV , 26555
Questions:  Call Faith Bowyer at 304-366-7544, MCHS at 304-367-5398, or e-mail: marionhistorical@yahoo.com
Come visit us in downtown Fairmont this Saturday for a fun filled time for "Hands on For Children" at the Marion County Museum.   Joining with us on the front lawn of the Museum will be basket making, a clown, and learning to make colorful gardens from coal. Inside will be antique toys and learn to weave.  Parks and Recreation will be having games and pr1zes.  Go down just a little further to the Marion County  Library and see the train station set up.  Want to see how pottery is made, visit Joe & Throw or learn about organic Gardening just go next door.   The date is September 27th from 3 to 6.  Cost is free.


The Marion County Historical Society & Museum hosts a collection of amazing and diverse artifacts from past centuries. The museum and the society provide a connection to the events, times, fashions and culture of days past; everyone, regardless of age, can appreciate the fascinating history waiting here that can be explored time and time again.

At the museum, the sheriff's office and jail are special attractions. Kids always love to have their photos taken in one of the jail cells.

Kids Pretending in Jail

Future plans include using jail cells as exhibit areas and turning the house itself back into a historic home open for regular tours and informal weddings.