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Museum open longer this spring

  • Williamson County Historical Society Museum Coordinator and Curator Sharon Vansaghi was busy in the library room of the museum, which offers visitors an extensive array of research material relating to Williamson County in particular and all of Southern Illinois and beyond in general.

    Williamson County Historical Society Museum Coordinator and Curator Sharon Vansaghi was busy in the library room of the museum, which offers visitors an extensive array of research material relating to Williamson County in particular and all of Southern Illinois and beyond in general.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • The Williamson County Historical Society Museum is located at 105 South Van Buren Street in Marion.

    The Williamson County Historical Society Museum is located at 105 South Van Buren Street in Marion.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • This uniform that once belonged to Williamson County Deputy Sheriff Joe Schafer is among the many items housed in the Historical Society's museum in downtown Marion. Schafer's hat shown here was recently donated to the museum by Schafer's descendants.

    This uniform that once belonged to Williamson County Deputy Sheriff Joe Schafer is among the many items housed in the Historical Society's museum in downtown Marion. Schafer's hat shown here was recently donated to the museum by Schafer's descendants.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

 
BY CEASAR MARAGNI
Contributing Photojournalist
updated: 3/6/2018 2:26 PM

MARION - Located just a block off of Tower Square at 105 S. Van Buren St. in Marion, the Williamson County Historical Society museum is a treasure trove of local history and genealogy resources.

Staff and volunteers there have just implemented their spring, summer and fall hours beginning this week following limited access hours during the winter months.

Hours at the popular research center beginning this week will now be Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and the facility will be closed on Sundays.

Housed in a large brick building, built in 1913 within a block of the Williamson County Courthouse, the structure served Williamson County government as a jail for prisoners with four cell blocks for the men and smaller cells for the women and it also served as the home for the Sheriff and his family.

In 1972, the Williamson County Historical Society accepted the building for a museum after the new county jail was completed. Since then, it has been the repository of many irreplaceable heirlooms donated from local families as well as some fascinating antiques that date back to the formation of the county itself in 1839.

Museum Coordinator and Curator Sharon Vansaghi said, "Things will start to get busier for us now that we're back to normal hours."

"We have three floors and a basement holding dozens of exhibits - 26 rooms full in all," she added.

 
 
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