March 2017
Franklin Area Historical Society News and Notes
Thank you for the great feedback on our new FAHS newsletter. We appreciate your comments. Please note our upcoming events and exhibits, memorials, membership updates, and more. Thank you for your interest in local history!
Model RR field trip March 25
For several years, the Cincinnati Northern Model RR Club has been constructing a two-level layout of the Cincinnati Northern Railroad as it was in the early 1950’s. The layout is done as though it had remained independent from the New York Central Railroad. The display is in a 25′ x 27′ room at the old Ross High School. A section includes Franklin (picture at right shows a model of our RR bridge at 6th St.).

Bob Bowman has arranged a time for interested persons to visit this exhibit at the old Ross High School, 3371 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton.

Date: Sa t., March 25, 10 a.m. If you're interested, please contact Bob at (937-903-4350) or email .

Painting and Wine March 31
Channel your inner artist at the FAHS Painting and Wine event on Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. at the Harding Museum. Paint one of your favorite local icons, such as the Lions Bridge (see picture at right), while enjoying some beverages and snacks.

To RSVP (important!), please call or text Shanna Rebholz at (513) 236-0564. $30 pp, cash or check only.

Many thanks to Ali Art Designs! 
Ghost Investigation April 1
Parallel Truth Paranormal Investigations will host a ghost investigation event at the Harding Museum on Sat., April 1, 9 p.m. until midnight (approximately).

Cost is $20 pp and includes a tour of the 3-story Harding Museum with emphasis on areas of previously discovered paranormal activity, instruction, and use of audio/visual equipment to document any new activity. 

Bring a snack or drink to share. Wine and beer will be available for a donation of your choice.

Reservations required and the evening is limited to 20 investigators. To RSVP,  contact Melissa Jones at or text 513-266-0025 OR Mary Nenninger at or 513-312-6208 (cell).  All proceeds help preserve Franklin’s history.
Put your useless knowledge to work on April 23
Are you a know-it-all? Prove it at our Trivia Event!

Sunday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Hunter Pizzeria

Cost: $20 pp for the chance at bragging rights, prizes, and fun. Split the pot for an extra fee. 

Get your team together (2 to 6 people suggested) to show off your smarts on general knowledge trivia!

Food and drinks available for purchase.  To register, email or call Peggy at (513) 571-6144. 

Many thanks to our sponsors Franklin Self Storage and Edward Jones (Drew Mantel). 
Pieces of the Past quilt exhibit opens June 3

Our summer quilt exhibit, "Pieces of the Past," will open on Saturday, June 3. Museum hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will run through Sept. 30. 

Anyone who would want to loan a quilt for the exhibit may call the museum (937) 746-8295 or reply to this email. More details TBA.  

Memorial Gifts
Thank you for honoring loved ones with memorial gifts to FAHS.

Ann Simpson Beach , May 27, 2016, age 84, from Kay T. Davenport
Wanda Propst Fealy, F eb. 1, 2017, age 88, from Debbie Kopp Simpkins

Books, ornaments, and more
Our gift shop has some lovely items including 21 ornaments, The Images of Franklin book, a history of Franklin book, and more. The newest item is the 2016 ornament of the Thirkield Department Store

You may order all of them them by mail. Use this order form.

Also, we are working on making smaller versions of the Bill Rehse watercolors available. Stay tuned for details and pricing. 
More dates and events
Sat, May 20: Spring Fling Bazaar. Watch for details.
Sat., June 3: Quilt exhibit opens. See article above. Museum hours 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June date TBA: Annual meeting dinner
Sat., Sept. 9: Yard sale. Donations welcome, so please keep FAHS in mind as your do your spring cleaning. Call the museum for details, (937) 746-8295.
Sat., Nov. 4: Holiday Bazaar. Watch for details.
Sun., Dec.3: Holiday Home Tour. Watch for details. 
Thank you for renewing! 
Without our members, there would be no Historical Society!

Thank you to these renewing members: Joe Jeromos, Taylor Jeromos, Phil Darragh, Dan and Carol Fedders, Jeff Kirby, Randal O'Connell, KathyMaria Badalamenti, Devyn Holweger, Kayleigh Meredith, Trent Brooks, Wesley Brooks, Sarah Brooks, Heidi Brooks, Mary Sue Edwards, Tom and Diane Kinsworthy.

Business members: Dale Zink Meats

If you haven't renewed, use this form . Thank you!
Board update and request for your input
Thank you to our 2017 Board of Directors: Liz Buchanan, President; Julie Kellis, Vice President; Harriet Foley, Treasurer; Drew Mantel; Secretary; Peggy Darragh-Jeromos; Membership. Members-at-large: Bob Bowman, Jim Gooding, Jeff Kirby, Cheryl Miller, Mary Nenninger, Shanna Rebholz, and Brian Sleeth. 

The board has been focusing on short- and long-term plans for FAHS. Discussions have included 2017 programming, ways to be more collaborative, and attracting new and younger members. 

If you have ideas or suggestions, please reply to this email. 
(937) 746-8295