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Marion historical society to have 'Night at the Museum'

Published: February 25, 2017 5:00 AM

Exhibits will come to life at Heritage Hall, Marion County Historical Society, Marion, during a special weekend in March.

The event, inspired by the movie "Night At the Museum," inserts each guest into the position of a night watchman at the Heritage Hall Museum, where they discover that all the exhibits come to life after the sun sets. As visitors tour by flashlight (provided) around every corner and in the most unusual places, they will meet historical personalities from many different eras and walks of life.

On March 24 and 25, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Marion County Historical Society will present the 11th Annual "A Night at Heritage Hall," a fun-filled evening of self-guided flashlight tours throughout Heritage Hall, a historic 1910 Federal Post Office converted into the Heritage Hall Museum. For hardy adventurers who take the opportunity to experience Marion County and national history, it is a night with surprises around every corner.

Intrepid explorers will find more than 40 characters each night. The event is at 169 E. Church St., Marion. Characters vary from year to year, but one can expect to converse with a president or two; join a Temperance march; meet John Philip Sousa, the American composer and conductor known for American military and patriotic marches; or visit with Annie Oakley. Also, watch out for a tall, lean Delaware Indian by the name of Thomas Lyons, known all over north-central Ohio for his exploits in many battles, including the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

Advance tickets are available for $7 for nonmembers and $3.50 for MCHS members. Send check or money order to Night at Heritage Hall, 169 E. Church St., Marion OH 43302 (specify which night). Deadline for pre-registration is March 22. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.marionhistory.com or by paying at the museum by cash, check or money order. Tickets are available the night of the event at $8 for nonmembers and $4 for MCHS members.

For more information, call MCHS at 740-387-4255.


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