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Monticello Area Historical Society and Museum Open House April 28
Monticello Main Street circa 1950’s -Photo supplied by the Monticello Area Historical Society.

MONTICELLO — The Monticello Historical Society welcomes the public to the Museum’s Open House on Thursday, April 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. The MAHS Museum is located at 204 N. Main Street, Monticello.

Marlene Schmalbeck cutting the ribbon during the museum’s grand opening in 2007. -Photo supplied by the Monticello Area Historical Society

MAHS is celebrating its (2-year delayed) 25th Anniversary. The Monticello Area Historical Society was founded in 1995 by Marlene Schmalbeck. She saw the area history being sold at auctions and garage sales, and wanted to do something to preserve local history.

In 2001, Ruth Knight Sybers purchased the shuttered Woelffer Drug Store building and generously donated it to the society for use as a museum. 

Ribbon cutting for the opening of the museum was in 2007. Society members and friends have collected and cataloged artifacts, photographs and family documents pertinent to the Monticello area, as well as pharmacy items found in the building.

The museum is maintained through donations and volunteers. The museum is open every Saturday starting in May through October from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.