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 Daniel 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


OPEN every Sunday!
Continuing to Labor Day weekend, the Society's building will be open Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm, with tours, drinks, treats, and Society merchandise for sale. 

We love surprises.
Historical material donations never cease to surprise, delight, or elicit multiple emotions. A case in point is a donation that began with a phone call, totally unexpected, which led to the acquisition of an archive detailing the war experiences of a true Franklin heroine, Lt. Col. Bernice (pronounced Ber-niss) Sinclair. Robert Jay Evans, a cousin of Bernice's, asked if the Society was interested in a three-ring binder of her WWII memorabilia. Without hesitation, the answer was of course a resounding "yes!". Read more in this month's newsletter.

Upcoming Programs
June's program will feature local historian, published author, and Historical Society member Andy Nadeau, whose talk will focus on his latest research project, "The Paper Mills of Franklin", accompanied by then and now photos. Mills of all sorts created the town of Franklin, so the story of mill development is also the story of Franklin's past. Free light refreshments will be served after the talk, and as always the event is free and open to all. The program is offered at the Society's Webster/Tay building, Webster Place (21 Holy Cross Road) starting at 7 pm, Thursday, June 4th.
July's program, on Thursday, July 2nd, at Webster Place starting at 7 pm, will feature Part II of the slideshow "The Franklin Library's Collection of Photos and Historic Articles". Come prepared to participate in a lively discussion of identifications and memories.

This is the beginning of a new year for the Society, and members are reminded to pay their yearly dues (only $10 per person, or $125 for a lifetime membership) AND encourage someone they know to also join in the ongoing quest to preserve and perpetuate the history of our beloved city.

Also, the Society is looking for the donation of velvet ropes and stanchions, or something similar, in order to "rope off" an area where vintage clothing can be displayed. Please reach out to either Leigh Webb or Annette Andreozzi.

View or Print Directions to the Webster/Tay House
21 Holy Cross Rd

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