MARISSA HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

 

P O BOX 245

 

MARISSA, IL 62257-0245

 

 

 

 

Marissa Academy, built 1891; destroyed by Fire January 2015.

                                                                 

Welcome

to the Web Site of the Marissa Historical & Genealogical Society

 

 

HI EVERYONE!

 

                                                                       

    We are back in business.     Sad to say not in the old place for, as most of you already know, our home was destroyed late in January.   We have set up shop in the old dollar store in Marissa.  As yet we don't have all salvaged items (books, files) back from Smoke Services, but we have all of our newspaper microfilm and a new reader printer on which to view it.    So if any of you want to research Marissa, New Athens, Sparta, or Nashville Illinois newspapers,  come on by on a Wednesday afternoon.  We are also in process of printing our February and May quarterlies, and hope to have these out before the 1st of June.  

  

                                              NOW AVAILABLE                                                     

   

 

HISTORY AND RECORDS OF

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

1865 - 2015

DARMSTADT, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS

 

ALSO INCLUDES THE TRINITY CEMETERY

AND A COMPLETE INDEX.

 

$30.00

 

 

     

        

OUR PLEDGE

 

We are committed to help make research easy for everyone.

 

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.

 

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Library/Museum Hours

Services

  Resources

    Membership

Meetings

 

Books & Other Items     For Sale

     Duplicate/Used Books For Sale

Links  

Quarterly Information

 

Marissa Map

Academy T-Shirts

Historical Facts

 

Who's This and What's That

                   About the Name Marissa

 

 

 

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About Our Home, the Marissa Academy Building

 

Before the Marissa Academy began in the fall of 1886, education in Marissa, IL was limited to the elementary school grades.  The community and church leaders felt that there was a need for a secondary education and thus the Marissa Academy, a tuition school, was organized in 1886.  Upon graduation the students who attended this Academy were admitted to Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL without taking entrance examinations.  Classes were held in various facilities until 1891 when construction of the Marissa Academy Building was started.  Classes began in this facility that fall.

 

This building is one of only a few left from that time period in Illinois.  It was designed as a multi-purpose two-classroom building with a stage.  As part of the community Bicentennial project in 1975, the Marissa Academy Building was extensively restored.

 

In 1976 the St. Clair County, Illinois, Historical Society recognized the Academy Building as a unique architectural structure and awarded it their "Landmark" plaque.

 

The Southern Illinois Tourism Council recognized the Academy Building as a unique tourist attraction because of the Museum and Genealogical Library and in 1979 placed the facility on their tourism brochures for St. Clair County, Illinois.

 

In 1994 the Marissa Academy Building was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in the United States of America.

 

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Please look through our web site and visit us often, both online and in Marissa, Illinois, at the Academy Building.  We will be delighted to assist you in anyway possible.  If you still have questions, please fill out the following to contact us:

 

 

 

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President: Kay F. Jetton

 

Secretary: Louise Wagner

 

Webmaster: K. Jetton

 

Updated - 28 January 2015                                             - Authorized by the MHGS Executive Board.

 

 

 

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