On veterans day, the Museum honored Marseilles World War II veterans.   


We have archived their stories here:

March 10, 2019 -  John Armstrong

September 23, 2018 - Corn Sheller 

November 11, 2018 -  Veteran's Day

The Museum opened for a fall harvest event, featuring a demonstration of an antique corn sheller machine.  These machines were produced by the Marseilles Manufacturing Co, which was later purchased by John Deere.   

Robert Nelson presented Purple Heart awarded to his uncle Ernest J. Atchley Jr., and told the story of how Ernest was lost at sea during WW-II.   A Flag folding ceremony and salute followed.  Read more in the Ottawa Times.

Events

On Veteran's Day 2018 we met at the Museum to honor our Marseilles veterans.   Their stories, and an introduction by Hank Roe of the American Legion, are archived here:

Recent Events

Field trip!   The Museum again welcomed Marseilles Elementary School 2nd grade students.  These kids had fun, painted pumpkins, drove model trains, and also learned a little about the history of their town.

The Seattle Sutton Marseilles Museum hosted a program to remember a very well-known past Marseilles resident, John Armstrong.  John was born in Marseilles and served Fire Chief from 1941 to 1975.   Watch the video to hear stories about John as told by his daughters Eleanor, Ruth, Pat, and Lori. 


The Museum hosted the 100 year celebration of the Marseilles Nursing Service.  Marseilles Nursing Service.

During Marseilles Fun Days 2018, the Museum opened a new exhibit about famous Marseilles welterweight boxer Laddie Tonielli.  Laddie's son, Terry Tonielli, delivered a talk about this famous hometown boxer.


Click the video to hear this talk.

The Museum will be open to the public for these events in 2020.  Check back for details.

  • March 14, St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • May 17,  1 pm,  History of Marseilles barbers
  • June 14, 1 pm,  Marseilles Churches Potluck
  • July 10-13, ​Marseilles Fun Days and all-class high school reunion.
  • September 13, History of Nabisco
  • November 11, Veterans Day

July 14, 2018 - Laddie Tonielli

September 15, 2019 - Marseilles Nursing Service

Our Veteran's Day 2019 event honored Marseilles veterans involved in the Vietnam war.  Hank Roe of the American Legion helped us understand those times and better appreciate the service of Vietnam veterans.

November 11, 2017  - Veterans

October 2, 2018 - 2nd Grade

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Church History

August 17, 2019 - Robert Nelson Presentation

Upcoming Events

The Museum opens for the scheduled events listed here.   It is also accessible by appointment almost every other day of the year as a place to host your visitors and show our collections during reunions or other community events.  Simply contact us (phone 815-795-7976) to arrange a time for your group's visit and share our amazing history.

November 11, 2019  - Vietnam Veterans

At this event seven Marseilles churches shared some food and interesting history of each church.

Read more at Marseilles churches share history and faith.

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