MARION -- As a part of Marion Days, the Marion Area Historical Museum was open to the public Saturday and hosted a special event--the Twentieth Century Club’s 100th anniversary Open House.

On display were news clippings, photos, documents and other memorabilia spanning 100 year’s of club history, including the original secretary’s report from the first meeting held in January 1912.

Also on display was a dress worn by an early member of the club, Ruth Grace Piper, born in 1897. She wore the dress to her eighth grade graduation ceremony. The dress has been donated to the museum by her daughter, Gerry Piper Peterson, a current member of the club.

Many area residents attended the Open House, viewed the historical documents and enjoyed birthday cake and refreshments.

On hand to honor the club’s 100 years of history was state Rep. Joel Johnson who presented a formal tribute, signed by Johnson, state Rep. Phil Potvin and state Sen. Darwin Booher, to club president, Carolyn Ahrens.

The tribute recognizes the past and present contributions of the club to the community and the role it has played in the history of Marion.

Club meetings are held September through June on the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m. New members are welcome. If you are looking for a club that combines social events with opportunities for service, you may want to consider joining a group that has been around for 100 years and is still going strong.

If you missed the Open House, the club documents are on display in the museum throughout August. The Marion Area Historical Museum is at 505 S. Mill St. (M-66), Marion. For more information about the club, contact Ahrens at (231) 743-9830 .