ketchum_park_historical_marker_marshall_michigan_900pxEstablished in 1830, town founders Sidney and George Ketchum named the community in honor of Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall from Virginia—whom they greatly admired. This occurred five years before Marshall’s death and thus was the first of dozens of communities and counties named for him.[10]

Marshall was thought to be the front runner for state capitol, so much so that a Governor’s Mansion was built, but lost by one vote to Lansing. In the years after Marshall became known for its patent medicines industry until the Pure Drug Act of 1906. Marshall was involved in the Underground Railroad. When escaped slave Adam Crosswhite fled Kentucky and settled in Marshall with his wife and three children, the people of the town hid him from the posse sent to retrieve him. Those involved were tried in Federal Court and found guilty of denying a man of his rightful property. This case and others like it caused the Slave Recovery Act to be pushed through Congress.  Learn more about the Adam Crosswhite event.

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Calhoun County Fair, Marshall Michigan


The Calhoun County Fair is Michigan’s Oldest Continuing Running Fair. First held in 1839, the Calhoun County Fair has continued to this day as one of Michigan’s foremost agricultural attractions. It is generally held the third full week of August. … Continue reading →

MPS wins Advanced Placement District Honor


From the Battle Creek Enquirer: Marshall Public Schools is one of 425 school districts across the country and Canada that have earned a spot on the College Board’s 6th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. The recognition is for “increasing access to … Continue reading →

K-5 School in Albion

This drawing was created in 2003 and reflects Albion Public Schools at that time. It is shown here for historic purposes.

Albion Public Schools will be annexed into Marshall Public Schools as of July 1, 2016. There will be a K-5 school in Albion that will be run and maintained by Marshall Public School. There are three school buildings that are … Continue reading →

Cronin Building Marshall Michigan


            101 West Michigan Avenue, Marshall Michigan, also known as the Cronin Building. The Cronin Building is the red building on the corner in the upper right of the photo above.  Just further back on … Continue reading →

EastEnd Studio and Gallery


Eastend Studio and Gallery, located in the old Wagner’s Block Building, at 143 WEST Michigan Avenue, celebrates their 10-Year Anniversary on Saturday April 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will include live music, food, drink, and tours … Continue reading →


The Bohm Theatre is now fully restored after a successful 4 million dollar capital campaign.

See a photo tour of things to see in nearby Albion. Spring is a wonderful time for free concerts at Albion College including orchestra and choral ensembles. See the Secretary of State building, (it’s across from Kids ‘N’Stuff children’s museum!), … Continue reading →

Featured Artist: Jacob Kershaw


One of the favorite musical artists at the monthly “Bues at the Bohm” event is Jacob Kershaw. The Albion College Student written online newspaper “The Pleiad” even wrote an article about him recently.  We will quote the article, then point … Continue reading →

Underground Railroad Information for Calhoun County Michigan

The Calhoun County Visitors and Convention Bureau developed a Geo Cache game about the Underground Railroad that includes all of Calhoun County.  It is a good way to educate people as to our heritage.  The brochure is shown below in a pdf form.  It is available at the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, the Albion Chamber of Commerce, and more places in Albion.

Mid Michigan including Marshall has a lot of history about the Underground Railroad and Marshall has its share. Sources for the text that goes with the images in the mosaic:   What is Geo caching?  “There are … Continue reading →