William “Bill” Munn is known as the expert of everything historical in Marion and Grant County. He is revered by many who absorbed history lessons from him during his 42 years with Marion Community Schools. Munn, for a decade now, has been entrusted as the official Grant County Historian through the local and state historical societies.
Bill Munn was born in Garrett, Indiana, raised in Angola, and graduated from Angola High School. He graduated from Ball State University in 1969 (where he later earned a Master’s), then accepted a long-lived teaching career at Marion Community Schools. Now retired, Munn still teaches college students, but in his free time, he is never bored. Munn is a charter member and current president of Save Our Stories (SOS), which advocates for preservation of multiple historic buildings downtown, Marion through partnering with Indiana Landmarks and local groups. “I really believe in Marion. The people who built Marion were risk takers. I encourage people to recommit to what our founders did to preserve commercial development,” expressed Munn.
He is active with Gethsemane Episcopal Church through their Reconciliation Program taking community concerns and holding seminars. He is also involved with the Equal Justice Institute and related study groups.
Mayor Jess Alumbaugh explained that all of the voluntary work Munn has done to preserve history has unquestionably earned him recognition as Champion of the Month. “His love and passion for our community is personified by his tireless pursuit to educate citizens on the history of our great city. He reveals to us the successes and failures we have shared here in our hometown.”
Fellow historian, Alan Miller, illustrated Munn as one of the brightest jewels in the community’s cultural crown. “His true legacy, however, is the lifelong love of learning and history that he instilled in several generations of Marion High School students — especially those who accepted the challenge of enrolling in his legendary Advanced Placement classes. Applause also goes to the woman behind the man, Bill’s wife, Sue, for her commitment to several generations of our community’s most intellectually and developmentally challenged students.”
Retired journalist, Ed Breen, depicted Munn as a blend of historian and preservationist. “Bill understands the meaning of the past, and is aware of the need to apply its lessons to the present. He works to understand what happened, then labors to preserve the evidence of where it happened.”
Marion Public Library Director, Mary Eckerle, said Munn is well known in the community. “He taught many of our children and instilled in them a love and respect for history — be it national, state or local. As Grant County Historian, he can tell stories about people who made our community what it is today and events that made a difference. Through his involvement in SOS, he inspires others to preserve the past in our buildings and residences.”