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


Food, Stories, and Fun 

August is traditionally the month in which the Society takes a breather from regular programs and devotes the monthly meeting to a social event, one devoted to members simply enjoying each other's company and each other's culinary offerings. On August 2nd, a Saturday, members and their friends will gather at the Society's building at Webster Place from 6 to 8 pm, swapping stories and sampling potluck dishes with perhaps their own personal histories. As has been mentioned previously in these articles, the Society is planning on printing a cookbook, incorporating member's recipes accompanied by the tale of how each concoction came to be, or from what family member it was passed on, or maybe coupled to a special memory related to Franklin and the people who lived here. Author Elizabeth Jewell is looking for the stories that are unique to Franklin, reflecting its varied cultural and social history. Perhaps someone has a dish favored by the Polish Club, or a specialty of a local restaurant now gone, or one that was shared by a French Canadian family who came to work in the mills and stayed on to sire several generations.  

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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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