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Grant County was founded on February 10, 1831 and named after Captains Moses and Samuel Grant, cousins of Daniel Boone, who were killed in 1789 by Native Americans near the Ohio River. The county was formed from parts of Adams New Purchase (Adams/Delaware/Randolph Counties) and unorganized Indiana territory. The county seat is Marion.

*William Henry Harrison Haley photo used with permission of Paul Haley (2021)

  • History Preserved

    The Grant County Historical Society was approached by the publisher of the book, Marion : A Pictorial History, by June R. McKown to know if we would like to obtain the rights to the publication and the negatives used to produce the work.

    A call went out to the membership and to the general public through social media and the Society was able to secure the rights. The publisher delivered the negatives and additional copies of the original book, which are available to view at the Marion Public Library.

    When a reprint will be offered to the public has not been determined, but the Society is grateful to the generosity of the donors who allowed us to maintain this piece of Grant County history.

    The Chronicle-Tribune also ran a nice feature article about the book and our efforts to secure the copyright.

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  • Salute to Veterans

    On Saturday, August 27th, the GCHS hosted a “Salute to Grant County Veterans” at the Marion Public Library, featuring Indy Honor Flight.

    Testimonies of local veterans who had participated in Honor Flights were heard and information on the program was distributed.

    Grant County Veterans Service Office also participated in the event.

  • Community Survey

    The Grant County Historical Society is taking a community survey.

    Please take a moment and answer a couple of questions so that we can help gauge the pulse of the community.

  • History of Marion Airport

    Our August 20th Meeting featured a presentation on the History of Marion’s Airport, given by Jordan Ashley, BOAC representative to the City of Marion.

    A lively discussion was held on this interesting facet of Grant County history.

  • History Center at Marion Public Library

    At the July 20, 2022 Meeting, Collen Cramer, head of the History Center at the Marion Public Library, gave a presentation on the resources available and the plans to expand public awareness of the History Center.

    The History Center has featured a speaker series on a variety of topics, which can be accessed through their YouTube Channel

  • In The Community

    The Grant County Historical Society presented a display booth at the Van Buren Popcorn Festival in order to let the community know more about our organization. Individuals stopped by the booth to look at the photos and identify the people in them. We look forward to participating in other community events around Grant County in the near future.

  • Salute to Grant County Veterans

    GCHS will present a Salute to Grant County Veterans featuring Indy Honor Flight. Presentations on Honor Flights and testimonials. Grant County Veterans Service Office will also have information for vets. Open to the public. Meeting Room B, August 27, 2022 1-3 p.m.

  • Expanding Social Media Reach

    The Society has expanded our social media reach beyond Facebook – we can now be found on Twitter @grantcounty_hs

    Please take a moment to follow us.

  • UFOs in Grant County, Indiana

    The Grant County Historical Society will present a program on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Public Library, Meeting Room B. The event is free and open to the public.

    Researcher Phil Leech will present on reported and investigated UFOs in the Grant County area.

    Phil has worked in local public service positions for well over twenty years. He has used that experience and training and applied it to investigating UFO reports here in Indiana and across the United States. He has investigated hundreds of UFO reports across Indiana along with researching thousands of cases nationwide.

    Phil has held numerous state and national management positions in MUFON ( Mutual UFO Network), UFORA (UFO Reporting Agency), and SCU (Scientific Coalition for the study of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). This includes the position of State Director for MUFON Indiana.

  • Good Morning, Grant County

    The Society was featured on WBAT this week with an update on “Good Morning, Grant County.” President Travis LeMaster gave an update of recent activities.

    Click here to listen to the audio.