The Franklin Historical Society was incorporated in 1981 to study and preserve the history of Franklin.

Housed in the Historic Webster Tay/House, a part of Daniels Webster's "Elms Farm" from 1799-1855, later the New Hampshire Orphanage from 1871-1959, and now the Webster Place Recovery Center, the Society meets on the first Thursday of the month from April through November.

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21 Holy Cross Rd


Franklin Historical Society
Franklin, New Hampshire


And another year has passed...

As 2014 draws to a close, the Franklin Historical Society has concluded its regular monthly meeting schedule by reminding those in attendance at the November meeting, of the contributions of the Franklin Outing Club. The story of that organization's first 50 years was graciously narrated by Kathy Fuller. Through Outing Club volunteers, the Veterans Memorial Ski Area continues to improve the facilities to the betterment of the experience it has to offer, and for enjoyment of all Franklin's families. Please support the Outing Club in its ongoing efforts, starting with making sure to get your ads in for this year's booklet (call either Kathy Fuller at 512-1078 or Cheryl Joyce at 724-3254), and by buying your Winter Carnival 2015 pins! Then make your plans to attend all your favorite Winter Carnival events, from which there are so many to choose.

The Society will conclude this year with its traditional pot-luck Christmas Dinner for members and friends at Thompson Hall, Sunday December 14th, with social hour beginning at 4:30 pm, and dinner served buffet style at 5:30 pm. As always, participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to be donated to area food banks, so that our good fortune may be shared with the less fortunate.
Also in December, the 5th-7th, the Society will be participating in the Franklin Opera House Festival of Trees, with an artificial 4 foot tree decorated with photos of Franklin's past, and offering a copy of each book the Society sells (Alice M. Shepard's "History of Franklin" alone costs $25) to it's lucky winner. Visit the Opera House's website for details, at

Although no regular meetings of the Society will be held through the winter, with the monthly schedule of events commencing again on the first Thursday of April, 2015, a board of directors/officers meeting will be held in February, at the call of the president.
Until the weather gets warmer, and the flowers begin to emerge signaling the beginning of a new cycle of life, stay warm and safe. In the meantime, articles will keep you apprised in the chilly months ahead of any changes with the Society and of new additions to our collections.
See you in the Spring!
[This month's photo from the Franklin Historical Society's scans of the Franklin Library's photos: the dam on the Winnipesaukee River just up stream from thr RR trestle, winter in the 1890's. Now long gone, as is the mill for which it was created]

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Anyone wishing to join the board and become more active in their contribution 

to the Society's future should contact president Leigh Webb at 934-8222.
The job of preserving and learning from the past is a labor of love and well worth the effort. Please consider becoming a part of the Franklin Historical Society and its mission to move confidently into the future by truly understanding the past.

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