For those wishing to communicate or send dues, donations, or packages via the US Postal service, please use the Society’s mailing address of PO Box 43, Franklin, NH 03235. The Society DOES NOT accept mail deliveries at the Holy Cross Road address, the use of which could cause the mail to be returned or delayed.

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Franklin Historical Society-- Franklin, New Hampshire

Thanksgiving, the traditional beginning of the official “holiday season” has come and gone, with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, and of course Christmas in between. On Sunday, December 11th at Thompson Hall, the Society will celebrate with its year-end potluck Christmas Dinner. Members, friends, and family are all invited to socialize and add an inch to their collective waistlines. Turkeys are to be cooked by Joya Clark and Annette Andreozzi, with garlic mashed potatoes and an attempt to duplicate the wonder of Carlton’s punch from Leigh. Everything else is the surprise and joy of potluck. Contributions can be as simple as rolls and butter, cranberry sauce, hot veggies, with ample room for desserts of every description. There has never been a lack of anything. Attendees are also reminded that non-perishables can be donated to the food pantry via the Church, to help those less fortunate. Set up and social hour is 4 pm to 5 pm (spreading table cloths, arranging centerpieces, putting out silverware), with dinner served thereafter. Anyone wishing to get into the true holiday spirit, Maj will probably be at the piano, so bring your favorite holiday sheet music. This is not a regular meeting, just a way to express thanks for another successful and enjoyable year, so relaxation, conversation, and fun are the operative words for the evening. Thanks to Glenn Morrill for arranging the use of the hall, and if this year is like every other, for carving the turkeys!

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, the Society meets on the first Thursday of the month from April through November. Scroll down the page to see directional photos. 

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21 Holy Cross Rd

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