Marshall Historical Museum at the GAR Hall

The Marshall Historical Museum at the GAR Hall is designed to tell Marshall’s stories.  Focus areas are It Happened in Marshall, Things Made in Marshall, Community Life, and Marshall in the Civil War.

There is a new special exhibit about the life of Harold C. Brooks and his impact on Marshall.  Brooks (1885-1978) was Marshall’s leading citizen of the 1900s.  He managed the Brooks Rupture Appliance Company for most of his adult life.  He was philanthropist, community benefactor, preservationist and historian. The exhibit includes Brooks’ 1920s Steinway player piano that has been described as the ultimate home entertainment system of the Gatsby Age.

This building was constructed in 1902 as the meeting place for the Grand Army of the Republic, the organization for Union veterans of the Civil War.  The GAR remained one of the most important advocacy groups in American  political life seeking benefits and recognition for veterans.

The GAR Hall was obtained by the Marshall Historical Society from the City of Marshall in 1976.