Local History

The Community Table 2018 Responses

On September 12, 2018, the Marshall County Public Library, in cooperation with the Marshall County Schools and various community organizations, conducted the Community Table in order the evaluate the needs of those affected by the shooting at Marshall County High School on January 23, 2018. The Community Table consisted of two components—table discussions and an online survey. Twenty-five table discussions were conducted at MarshallCounty High School, and twenty-four table discussions were hosted throughout the community.The online survey was completed by 327 individuals.

Click this link to access a pdf of the data collection.

A Walk In Time with Justin Lamb

The Marshall County Public Library has partnered with Justin Lamb and his producers to bring you A Walk In Time. Normally shown on Mediacom's local access channel, the show's producers have been gracious enough to allow us to archive the videos from this series. 

Click this link to access the videos from A Walk In Time with Justin Lamb. 

A special thanks to Denise and Dale Hargrove and Justin Lamb for making this possible!

Digital Archive of Marshall County

Featuring Marshall County newspapers dating back to 1891 from The Benton Tribune, Lake News, Marshall County Enterprise, Tribune Democrat, Valley Sun, and more! Yearbooks dating back to 1869 from Benton High, Brewers High, Hardin High, Marshall County High, Sharpe High, South Marshall High, and more! A selection of KHSAA Sweet 16 Programs going back to 1979 have been graciously donated by Barney Thweatt.

Click this link to access the Library's Digital Archive Collection.
You Patron ID is your library card number and your password will be your phone number.

Kentucky Digital Library's Oral History Collection

Brought to you by the Kentucky Digital Library is a huge database of the State's oral history. Hosted by the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, and Eastern Kentucky University, with collections ranging from Moonshiners and Revenuers Oral History Project, the University of Kentucky Medical Center Oral History Project, Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project, Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project, and so many more. 

Click this link to access the Kentucky Digital Library's Oral History Collection.


KYGenWeb is ran by project volunteers. Part of USGenWeb, KYGenWeb provides free online genealogoy resources. 

Click this link to access Marshall County History.
Click this link to access documents pertaining to Marshall County.

Marshall County Fiscal Court Recordings

Here you have the option to watch videos of the newer Fiscal Court meetings, or you can listen to audio from Fiscal Court meetings from 1978 through 1980. Through the digitization process, many of the audio tapes were  damaged and the audio was irrecoverable. Where possible, the audio was extracted in parts. Those recordings are noted as "partial" or "part."

Click this link to access the audio collection. The episodes may be downloaded to your computer or other device for offline listening.

Click this link to access the video collection. 

A special thanks to Marshall County Daily for allowing us to archive their videos of the meetings.

Pass The Word

Pass the Word is a discovery tool for oral history collections throughout the state of Kentucky. With over 100 archives participating by contributing their collections information, new content continues to be added.

Click this link to access the Kentucky State Oral History Archive.

WCBL's Coaches Show

Join WCBL's Jeff Waters as he interviews some of Marshall County's most influential coaches over the years.

Click this link to access the largest digitized collection of the series. The episodes may be downloaded to your computer or other device for offline listening.

WCBL's Marshall County Oral History Collection

The Marshall County History Project consists of 257 oral history interviews conducted by Ray Mofield during the 1970s and 1980s for WCBL radio of Benton on the history of Marshall County, Kentucky. The interviews discuss rural schools and churches, local businesses, prominent businessmen and politicians, significant events, recollections from World War I and World War II veterans and various other topics unique to Marshall County. 

Click this link to access the largest digitized collection of the series. The episodes may be downloaded to your computer or other device for offline listening.