The Monroe County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization dedicated to discovering, preserving, and sharing the history and heritage of Monroe County.
We meet quarterly at 2:00pm on the second Sunday of January, April, July, and October. The location is usually the Public Library or Ames Clair Hall in Union. Meeting places and topics are announced in the newsletter, in the Monroe Watchman, and on this website.
A new (2017) brochure gives an overview of our activities (PDF, 1.3MB).
Several volunteers have generously contributed family histories and compilations of other information; see the genealogy section of this website.
Our Museum (seasonal)
Our Museum on Main Street in Union is staffed by volunteers. In the main building and two adjacent log houses are numerous artifacts from various periods of Monroe County history.
Hours are 10am – 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday, June through October. Admission is free.
Ames Clair Hall
One of our historic buildings, Ames Clair Hall in Union, is available at inexpensive rates for community events and private functions. In 2015 we made several improvements -- a larger stage, air conditioning, and improved seating comfort. Call 304-772-3946 for information and bookings.
Beginning with the December 2008 issue, our newsletters are archived here (PDF format).
- 2017 - January part 1 part 2
- 2016 - October part 1 part 2
- 2016 - July part 1 part 2
- 2016 - April part 1 part 2
- 2016 - January part 1 part 2
- 2015 - October part 1 part 2
- 2015 - July part 1 part 2
- 2015 - April part 1 part 2
- 2015 - January part 1 part 2
- 2014 - October part 1 part 2
- 2014 - July part 1 part 2
- 2014 - April part 1 part 2
- 2014 - January part 1 part 2
- 2013 - October part 1 part 2
- 2013 - July part 1 part 2
- 2013 - April part 1 part 2
- 2012 - December part 1 part 2
- 2012 - September part 1 part 2
- 2012 - June part 1 part 2
- 2012 - March part 1 part 2
- 2011 - December part 1 part 2
- 2011 - September part 1 part 2
- 2011 - June part 1 part 2
- 2011 - March part 1 part 2
- 2010 - December part 1 part 2
- 2010 - September part 1 part 2
- 2010 - June
- 2010 - March
- 2009 - December
- 2009 - September
- 2009 - June
- 2009 - March
- 2008 - December
Membership and Dues
Tax-deductible membership dues include a subscription to the quarterly newsletter. Rates are:
- $20 per calendar year (individual)
- $30 per calendar year (family)
- $200 life (individual)
Executive Board Members for 2016-2017
|Corresponding Secretary||Ana Lusk|
|Past President||Mark Taylor|
|Member at Large||Mary Pearl Compton|
|Member at Large||Becky Crabtree|
|Member at Large||Allison Tomlinson|
|Member at Large||Judy Wagner|
|Member at Large||Chris Wszolek|
We depend on our volunteers and donors to operate. Volunteers are particularly needed for staffing the museum during the summer months. Monetary contributions, which are tax-deductible, are always needed for the heavy financial burden of maintaining our historic buildings.
There's another way you can help us, too. We're enrolled in Kroger Rewards.
Monroe County Historical Society
P.O. Box 465
Union, WV 24983
The Ritchie County Historical Society maintains a comprehensive list of other counties' historical societies in West Virginia. See the "links" page of their website.
We are grateful to the agencies, foundations, and individual donors who have provided much-needed support. Major assistance has been received from The Hollowell Foundation, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the West Virginia Division of Highways, and many others. Above all, we owe thanks to our volunteers, without whom nothing would happen.
Top logo: The Old Mill (Cook's Mill) at Greenville, owned by Fred and Barbara Ziegler.