About Us

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.

This brochure gives an overview of our activities (PDF, 1.3MB).

Genealogical Services

Several volunteers have generously contributed family histories and compilations of other information; see the genealogy section of this website.

Our Museum (seasonal)

Museum entrance 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 304-772-4468 for information and bookings.


Beginning with the December 2008 issue, our newsletters are archived here (PDF format).

Membership and Dues

Tax-deductible membership dues include a subscription to the quarterly newsletter. Rates are:

Executive Board Members for 2022-2023

President Larry Emerson
Vice-President Ward Lefler
Treasurer Doris Franklin
Recording Secretary Rebecca Allen
Corresponding Secretary Ana Lusk
Past President Lynn Cutter
Member at Large Bob Allen
Member at Large Helen Graves
Member at Large Rocky Parsons
Member at Large Bob Pomphrey
Member at Large Allison Tomlinson
Member at Large Judy Wagner
Member at Large Barbara Ziegler

Please Help

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.

Contact Us

Monroe County Historical Society
P.O. Box 465
Union, WV 24983
Phone: 304-772-4449

Email (for genealogy): monroecountyh@gmail.com

Email (other than for genealogy): monroecountyh@gmail.com

Our Peers

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.

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