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Founding History:

The Marion Historic Association began in April 1937 as an outgrowth of the Marion Study Club.  Eleven people met at the School’s first-grade room on April 26, 1937. Present were R. S. Bush, Mrs. R.S. Bush, R.S. Rogers, Thomas F. Young, May Sherman, Edith Van Ostrand, Dora Westfall, Kate Westfall, Vera Curtis, Nell Curtis, and Mira Crane.  Information is located in Scrapbook #7 Minutes of Historical Meetings 1937-1959.

It was revived in 1973 in time for the Bicentennial Celebration of the United States. The committee put on an outstanding celebration.

In 1995 it received a provisional charter from NYS.  In 2018 it received non-profit status as a 501c3 organization.


President:  Jennifer Frey

Vice-President:  John Lonneville

Secretary:  Theresa Kuhn

Treasurer:  Nancy Spinning


Board of Trustees:

Ron Lonneville

John Bovet

Mark Haskins

Mary Devlin

Karen Hayden



Caryn Devlin

Research Links

Wayne Historians Organization https://waynehistorians.org/

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If you are interested in joining the Marion Historic Association, we have several levels of membership. Anyone is welcome to join and we welcome your participation. We have four programs a year on various topics of local interest and have moved the programs to Sunday afternoons for the convenience of our community. Our membership also meets at other times to discuss the business of the museum and plan for future events.

You can fill out this form and mail it in or use the contact form and donate button to send us your membership directly. We thank you in advance for your continued support in this project.

Caryn Devlin -Town Historian

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 330, Marion, NY 14505
Phone(315) 926-5816
email: historian@townofmarionny.com

Welcome to the Town of Marion Historian’s page! After 43 years of wonderful work by former historian Carolyn Adriaansen, I have been selected to continue her work as town historian.

My husband Mark and I have lived in Marion since 1981 and our son Ryan has attended school here. We have all participated in many local activities from sports to the musical to the Senior Bash. History is a love of mine and I am looking forward to concentrating on the history of Marion and, to a certain extent, Wayne County.

As I go through the books of acquisitions over the last 43 (!) years, I have come across many wonderful items that the local community has entrusted to us. Hundreds of people have donated thousands of items. We have such a legacy that I am sure many people have no idea exists.

As you may know we have a permanent home for our collection now in the form of Jennie’s House at 3794 South Main St. Contractors have been approved and renovations will begin shortly to bring this location into proper condition so that the collection currently housed over the town offices can be moved to one central location. My goal is to make as much of the collection accessible to the general public for viewing as possible.

This museum belongs to the community and we hope when the work is done that many community groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school groups etc. will once again take advantage of learning more about local history.

If you have items that you would like to donate for the museum, please contact me by phone at 315-926-5816 or email me at marion.ny.historian@gmail.com You could also send regular mail to my attention at P.O. Box 330, Marion, NY 14505. I would love to hear your family stories and add them to the rich history of this region. If you have any questions, I would also do my best to help you. You can check out our Facebook page, Like Us at “Jennie’s House – Marion Museum” for updates on the work and general history tidbits.

In short, I look forward to getting to know you better and also helping you save the history of your families in this town for future generations.

With best regards,
Caryn Devlin


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