Heritage Center open house is Sunday

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By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Historical Society has big plans for the old Marion County courthouse, and they want the public to know about it.

“It’s been a labor of love,” said Michael Cecil, the historical society president.

The heritage center actually opened in September, but the grand opening is scheduled for Sunday. Feb. 10, from 1-3 p.m., an invitation-only event has been scheduled. 

A public open house will follow the grand opening from 3-5 p.m. (although that may last longer). Special guests at the grand opening will include “The Turtleman” Ernie Brown Jr., Neal James, Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes and musician Don Johnson.

The Turtleman will be signing autographs that day, and Cecil said Brown has agreed to remain as late as 9 p.m. Anyone wishing to get an autograph must be in line no later than 7 p.m., however.

The Turtleman Museum includes artifacts collected by the Turtleman, items seen and used on his Animal Planet television show, “Call of the Wildman”, and a mannequin showing various injuries he has received throughout his years of catching critters.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see an exhibit of locally owned and made quilts. This is the first of a handful of rotating exhibits the historical society plans to display throughout 2013, according to Mary Kay Clements, a historical society director and a member of the heritage center executive committee.

The heritage center’s regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit the heritage center website at http://www.mcheritagecenter.org/ or call (270) 699-9455.

Look for more about the historical society’s plans in a future edition of the Enterprise.