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The Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society was founded in 1969 and was incorporated shortly thereafter.  The basic principles of the society are to foster the research of the family roots and to preserve and maintain historical records and cultural values for educational purposes.

The Society was founded in 1969 two years after the Marissa Centennial Celebration in 1967.  A charter membership of 64 members formed the then informal group.

In 1972 a quarterly publication titled “Branching Out From St. Clair County” was compiled and printing began.  In this publication we include  historical and genealogical information for St. Clair, Randolph, and Washington Counties .  The society has also printed a number of books of historical and genealogical interest

Our home at 210 N. Main Street in Marissa has a museum filled with coal mining, military, and other artifacts from the Marissa area.  We also have a library, containing Newspaper microfilm from Marissa, Sparta, New Athens, and Nashville, IL.  The library also has files of family information, County Histories, Cemetery records, church records, census records and much, much more.

Our regular monthly meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.