The George Ross Library on the second floor of the museum holds many resources for anyone interested in local history and/or genealogy.  We hope the library will appeal to the student, the avid researcher, or anyone just wanting to read some amusing stories about our history.

The following printed materials are available:

  • City history books for Centralia, Iuka, Kinmundy, Odin, Omega, Patoka, Salem, Sandoval, Walnut Hill, Xenia, and others
  • Centralia City Directories from 1894 to present
  • Marion County Cemetery Books
  • Complete collection of “Footprints In Marion County” published by the Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society
  • George Ross newspaper gleanings
  • George Ross newspaper articles on local historical subjects
  • Local family histories
  • John Barker newspaper articles, including “The Way It Was”

The library also contains an ever-growing database of photographs, newspaper articles & ads, cemetery inventories, and documents that are easy to search.   These digital archives are divided into categories such as  Business, Cemeteries, Churches,  Entertainment, Farming, Homes & Buildings, Military, Organizations, People, Schools, and Sports.  Thousands of research reports also contain information compiled on people, businesses, homes and buildings.  The information you find in these reports may include census, city directories entries, photographs, newspaper clippings and gleanings, obituaries, and more.

We continue to add to our collection, so if you would like to share photographs or information on your own family history, your old home, or anything pertaining to Centralia’s history, we would be pleased to add it to our collection for others to view.  We can scan your old photos and documents into our computer system and you can keep your originals with no damage done to them.   They will then be part of a permanent record that others can access in our library. A sample of the work that is stored in our system can be found by clicking here.

If you are just beginning to research your family tree, you will also find instructional material and helpful website links to guide you on your way.

Do You Have Something to Donate?

The museum can only continue to grow thanks in part to the donations from patrons like you.
Feel free to conact us about yout items that you feel best represent the history of this area.