Celebrating at the Center

A year of celebrating is upon us and plans are being made. The Adult Community Center was built and dedicated 25 years ago! Following is a quick history-

The Senior Citizens Center in Marshall started in 1966 when a group of women became concerned about the shut-ins of the Marshall Community.

They recruited volunteers to visit the homebound to help them with chores, provide transportation for medical visits and shopping, make monthly visits to their homes and in general, to make certain of their well being. It was this effort that a grant of $60,000 was received from the Council on Aging in 1967 for the communities of Cottonwood, Marshall, Minneota, Russell and Tracy.

In 1967 the original headquarters for the Center was in the library. It consisted of two rooms- a lounge and craft room. The coffee was “hot” all the time and food was furnished.

The library became limited on space so relocation was needed.

In 1972 the center was moved to the basement of the Marshall Hotel. Within four years the Senior Center had out grown its facility so once again a change was in order. A new home was established on April 4, 1976, in the basement of Municipal Building.

It stayed at this address until Oct. 15, 1988, when dedication ceremonies were held for the new “Area Senior Center” at 107 South 4th, Marshall MN 56258. This new location was made possible by a bond referendum. Voters approved the $434,000 project by a margin of 34 votes.

Construction of the new center started on April 5, 1988, with groundbreaking ceremonies being held on April 12, 1988.

The Center is open to all area senior citizens and is a non-profit organization.

It includes a meal site that seats over 150 people, air-conditioned comfort, game room, craft room, quilt room filled with quilts and a director’s office.

There are rooms for art exhibits, rentals, meetings, cards, pool and fun. There are a variety of daily activities, informative programs and special events.

While the location and look of the Senior Center have changed a lot since four women gathered in 1966, the spirit they began with continues.