Check back often for upcoming events for the Marion Voices Folklife & Oral History Project for Winter 2019!

Flyer announcing our 12/19 Marion Voices Kickoff Open House (3-9pm, Heritage Hall). Please join us if you are able!


Join us on Thursday, December 19th from 3-9pm in the Auditorium at the Marion County Historical Society’s Heritage Hall for our Winter 2019 Marion Voices Kickoff Open-House. Informational presentations will be given at 4pm and 7pm; but feel free to drop by anytime!

The Marion Voices Folklife & Oral History project is a countywide oral history and folklife project focused on Black history, life and culture in Marion County, 1960s-present, and a sister countywide folklife survey focused on the traditional cultural arts of diverse Marion County cultural, ethnic, religious, and geographic communities. From 2019 to 2021, our project will culminate in a series of community co-curated pop-up exhibits, events, and a folklife festival series, amplifying the histories and stories of Marion’s incredible communities — focused, specifically, on the stories and cultural heritage of Marion’s Black, brown, immigrant/newcomer, and rural communities.

Join MCHS Executive Director Brandi Wilson, Project Director Jess Lamar Reece Holler, and Community Coordinator Johnnie Jackson for formal presentations on the project — and how to get involved! — starting at 4pm and again at 7pm; and stop in during the rest of our open house to discuss oral history, folklife, to get involved in our community-collaborative efforts, and help us identify who in your community you’d like to see documented for the project! You can even sign yourself up — we’ll be scheduling interviews for December and January! Our project launches with oral history interviews and a folklife survey in December 2019, following our kickoff. Marion Voices is generously supported by Ohio Humanities and the Ohio Arts Council.