Franklin Historical Society-- Franklin, New Hampshire

Meetings and Events

2019 Schedule of Events

Some events are subject to change. Please consult the Society’s Website ( for the most up-to-date information

Thursday, April 4th:“Amazing Recent Acquisitions” with John Benham. Many of the donations came from John, who will be explaining about a pump from Clark & Haynes and commenting on photos his wife Dot collected. 7pm at the Society’s building, 21 Holy Cross Rd., Webster Place

Thursday, May 2nd:“Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity” presented by author and scholar John A. Hodgson, 7 pm at Webster Place

Saturday, May 11th: Community Day, 10am parade on Central Street, 9am-2pm visit the   Society’s table at Odell Park for membership information, purchase books, T-         shirts, Sesquicentennial plates, magnets, postcards, or just come by to talk!

Thursday, June 6th:“NH Historical Markers” presented by Michael Bruno, author and expert on the subject. 7 pm, at Webster Place.

Sunday, June 23rd:The Society’s 4thAnnual Plant Saleat Webster Place, 10 am to 2 pm

 July: NO MONTHLY MEETING.Members are encouraged to visit historic sites in NH

 Thursday, August 1st: Any member who traveled to a NH historic site will be discussing their adventure.

 Labor Day Weekend, August 31st-September 2nd:Historical Society Museum Open House, 10 am to 2 pm, all three days

Thursday, September 5th:“The Cog RW and the Franklin Connection”. Presented by Leigh Webb, president, from photos and archival material, plus the video “Railway to the Moon”. 7 pm at the Webster/Tay

Thursday, October 3rd:  “A Tribute to Andy Nadeau” A video tour of the Franklin Firefighters’ Museum
Thursday, Nov. 7th:  
“Films of Red Young” from the 1930’s, featuring snippets of the Smythe Family golfing at Mojalaki and on the Cog Railway

Sunday, December 8th(tentative):The Annual Pot-luck Christmas Dinner, for members and friends, Thompson Hall, 4-7 pm

From Saturday, May 25th (Memorial Day Weekend), through Labor Day Weekend, the Society’s Museum will be open every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. On Labor Day Weekend, it will be open all three days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10 am to 2 pm

​​​2011 Meeting & Events
Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 4 pm - Thompson Hall
Holiday Season Dinner
As we have for so many years, Franklin Historical Society Members and Friends gathered at Thompson Hall in West Franklin to enjoy a Pot-Luck Holiday Season Dinner.
Everyone attending was asked to bring non-perishable food stuffs to be donated to the local food pantry, so that the spirit of the season be extended beyond the activities of the evening.

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7 pm - Webster/Tay House
The Victorians: A Morbid Case for Mourning
Even though Halloween had just ended, the effect of the holiday lingered,
and in that spirit, theFranklin Historical Society presented for its
November program The Victorians: A Morbid Case for Mourning. 
Linda Salatiello and Evelyn Auger from the Sanbornton Historical
Society appeared in Victorian dress to examine and explain the often
elaborate and macabre customs and rituals surrounding death during
most of the 19th century. They discussed everything you ever wanted
to know about the significance of mourning dress (made so popular
by Queen Victoria during her prolonged grief over her beloved Albert),
prints, jewelry, correspondence and burial practices in the Victorian era.
This lively and informative presentation shed light on the dark and
​sometimes avoided subject of death.

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 7 pm - Webster/Tay House
General Meeting
Society members learned about what we're doing to scan and catalog our enormous collection of old photos, slides, and both film and glass negatives. We also discussed upcoming activities during the business portion of the meeting.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 7 pm - Webster/Tay House
Living at the NH Orphan's Home
The Society proudly presented Robert Abbott and his sister, Kay Lauzi to discuss "Living at the NH Orphan's Home" with pictures and anecdotes of their time in the buildings and on the grounds. The Home, once a refuge for parentless and homeless children, is an important part of the history of Elms Farm, and no one was better suited to tell that story than two who experienced it first hand.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 6:30 pm - Webster/Tay House
Annual Members Pot-Luck Supper

Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10, 2011
Work Weekend at the Webster/Tay House
On Saturday, beginning at 10 am, volunteers focused on grounds maintenance around the Webster/Tay House and on Sunday, moved inside to work on wall repair.

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 7 pm - Webster/Tay House
The Society's Collections
The Society's Curators, Leigh Webb and Annette Andreozzi, talked about the focus and content of our collections and the cataloging process. A general meeting followed their presentation.

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 5 pm - Home of John Gile
July 4th Celebration
John Gile hosted a July 4th Get-Together at his home at 40 Gile Road, just off Prospect Street.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 7 pm - Webster/Tay House
The History of the Franklin Fire Department
Deputy Chief (Retired) Andrew Nadeau recounted his experiences researching and writing theHistory of the Franklin NH Fire Department 1830-2010. This new edition was published earlier this year. Books were available for purchase and for autographs by the author.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - Downtown Franklin 

Community Day Parade and Celebration
Once again, the Franklin Historical Society participated in Community Day activities with a table at The Franklin Public Library. 
In addition to offering books, pins, magnets, and T-shirts, the Society introduced and offered for sale reprints of Echoes From the Mills by author Helen LaPlante Duchesne. 
Helen was on hand to talk about how she came to write the book and was available to sign copies.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 7 pm - Webster/Tay House
Sanborn Hall: The First Franklin Hospital
Betsy Woodman of Andover, New Hampshire offered an illustrated talk on “Sanborn Hall: The First Franklin Hospital”. As the great granddaughter of one of the Hospital's founding doctors, Betsy offered special insights into this important addition to the Franklin community of 1900.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 7 pm - Trip Center

Mystery Photos and Recent Additions to Our Collections

The Society's first meeting in 2011 featured a slide show of scanned photos of Franklin’s mills, some ever popular “mystery photos”, and representations of some exciting finds added to the Society’s Collections. The business portion of the meeting was dedicated to nominations to the board and of officers for 2011-2012, updating committee assignments and responsibilities, possible changes to the by-laws, and setting dates for building maintenance and work parties. This meeting was held in the TRIP Center, 30 Canal St., Franklin