Who We Are & Where We're Going
Here's a quick look at who we are, what we do, how we do it, and what we strive to bring to Marion County, its residents, and its visitors.
The Marion County Heritage Center collects, studies, and exhibits local mementos of historical and cultural significance. Guided by a sense belonging and the spirit of exploration, we strive to inspire visitors and residents to understand and discover the ongoing stories of our small town.
The Marion County Heritage Center and Historical Society Museum will be the crown jewel of downtown Lebanon and the authority on Marion County history. The center, which will encompass all three floors of the former County Courthouse building, will be vibrant and vital, with permanent and rotating exhibits, a growing inventory of artistic and historic collections, and engaging programs that attract local, regional and tourist audiences.
Three-Five Year Vision
Strengthen Financial Security – An improved financial position will be achieved by creating and implementing a plan and programs that serve to expand and diversify income sources.
Increase Engagement of People – Active members and volunteers will play a greater role in expanding and stabilizing collections, increasing fundraising events, identifying new ideas and concepts, engaging a broad audience, and filling key volunteer and board roles.
Expand Programs and Optimize Collections – Innovative concepts will join permanent exhibits to make the Heritage Center a vital part of the heart of Kentucky, engaging youth, families and history buffs with well-organized collections that honor the history and history-makers of Marion Co. and inspire the telling and re-telling of our most dear and exciting stories.
Build Public Awareness – Increased promotion through traditional and social media communications will build visibility of membership, programs, financial support and the historical society’s resources.