THE MARSHALL COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
In itís present form, the Marshall County Historical Society originated in 1982 as the reorganization of an earlier Marshall County historical group. In 1982, meetings were held in the Marshall County Courthouse by parties interested in the history of Marshall County. The Society officially reorganized with Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws in 1984.
As set forth is the By-Laws, the corporationís mission will be to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the area; itís exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and in war; itís progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufactures, trade, and transportation. It will collect printed material, such as histories, genealogies, biographies, descriptions, gazetteers, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogs, circulars, handbills, programs, and posters; manuscript material such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, service records, account books, charts, surveys, and field books; and museum material such as pictures, photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes, aboriginal relics, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events, and activities of the past and present.
The society will provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study it, to cooperate with officials in insuring the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the county and of itís cities, towns, villages, and institutions, and to undertake the preservation of historic buildings, monuments and markers.
The society will disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical material in the newspapers or otherwise; by holding meetings with pageants, addresses, lectures, papers and discussion; by marking historic buildings, sites, and trails; and by using the media of radio and television to awaken public interest.
1) The Society collected information, articles and pictures that were compiled into a book entitled History of Marshall County, West Virginia. Published in hardback form in 1984.
2) Approached the Moundsville City Library to establish a local history/genealogy room. By performing genealogical research upon request and at a nominal fee for individuals throughout the country, the society has purchased well over 250 books pertaining to local history and genealogical information for placement in the history/genealogy room at the library and for the benefit of anyone interested in West Virginia history.
3) From date of inception, the society held its monthly meetings at various locations, as permitted. In August, 1995, the society purchased a building at a cost of $10,000 for the purposes of establishing a museum and providing a stable monthly meeting site. The building was paid in full at time of purchase from the sale of the 1984 history books and investments.
Since the purchase, major renovations have been undertaken, including a new heating/air conditioning system, replacement of windows, doors and front steps, vinyl siding, security system and laying new sidewalks around the building, and creation of a kitchen and bathroom facilities, to name but a few. These renovations were paid in part by grants and in part by the fund-raising efforts of the Society.
4) In the Summer of 2002, the Marshall County Historical Society Museum opened to the public. It is manned by volunteers each Saturday from early spring to late fall. In addition to the museum, a genealogy room is available for research. [Note 7/2007: The museum is no longer open on Saturday but is open on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. Other times by appointment only. Call 304-845-5996 or 304-845-3692.]
The society sponsors and/or supports various acts of community concern, i.e., arranging for the transfer of the cannons on the courthouse lawn to a facility in Ohio for the purpose of their restoration. Which were returned in original-like condition. It also participates in Moundsvilleís Elizabethtown Festival, the Marshall County Fair, etc.
The Society aided two of its members in the publication of a book entitled Schools, Churches, and Cemeteries of Marshall County, an invaluable resource providing pictures and history of community schools, churches, etc. that are fast disappearing from the community scene.
The Societyís most recent high profile endeavor is to undertake the preservation of the Cockayne Farmhouse. In that venture, it has expanded its wings to include many community leaders and businesses, the school system and other organizations in this very important project .
The Society sends representatives to Charleston, W. Va., each year, to help promote our county in itís History Hero Program on West Virginia History Day.
The Marshall County Historical Society also has a web-site containing history and genealogy of the Marshall County, West Virginia area.