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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Building Collections through the Quiet Months
Winter is still with us, so please, stay warm, stay safe, and during these cold months, consider going through your attics and basements for those precious reminders of the past that you would consider giving to the Society for posterity and safe-keeping. One person's "trash" may well be an historical society's treasure.... The president and curator are continuing to seek original city directories (listings of residents and businesses with their respective addresses) and town (remembering that Franklin was only a city after 1895) annual reports, prior to 1861 (which were paper sheets, folded in half, printed on both sides of the quarters, and bound by string). The Society has sufficient numbers of City Annual Reports from 1895 on.

 As the Society does not meet again until the first Thursday in April, next year's program of speakers is now being formulated. If you have an idea of a subject that would be of interest to the Society, please feel free to contact Leigh Webb at 934-8222 with your suggestion anytime during this month. The programs need to be finalized before the end of February, so the sooner the better.

January was a very sad month for the Society, losing two longtime members, both constant donors to the Society and to the community, Pauline Feuerstein and Norma Bushman. This month's newsletter is dedicated to the memory of these esteemed and beloved members.

This months photo, as a reminder that the current Outing Club Winter Carnival is winding down, is of a small (approx. 4 inches in diameter and not quite 3 inches tall) silver plate bowl, given to each Winter Carnival Queen candidate in 1963, from the Society's collection (donated by Linda Pauwels).
 
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