April 2019
Trivia event

Which team will prevail in this year's FAHS Trivia showdown? Our FAHS Trivia event is back by popular demand.

Join us Sunday, April 7, 4 to 6 p.m., at JD Legends. Cost will be $20 pp. Food and drink will be on your own from the menu.

If you want to play, reserve your spot now by replying to this email or calling (513) 571-6144. Last year's event was a sell-out and we had to turn teams away.

Drew Mantel is the event sponsor.

2019 museum admission is free!

Admission to both the Harding Museum and the Log Post Office will be free to our visitors, courtesy of our 2019 Admissions Sponsor, WesBanco Bank. Wesbanco has supported us in the past by sponsoring our Holiday Home tour.

We appreciate their support of FAHS and generosity in making the museums financially accessible to all.
In Honor of March Madness ....

By the 1920’s, most Ohio high schools had a girl’s basketball team. Seventy of 88 Ohio counties had tournaments leading to a state championship.

Unfortunately, many educators and health authorities felt the physical and emotional stress of sports on young women was too harmful and by 1930 intrascholastic sports were banned in the state.

The rules for these ladies included six players on a team and they could not cross the center line. One dribble was allowed and you could not take the ball away from the person you were guarding. You could score with a one-hand overhand throw, a one-hand underhand throw, the shot put throw, and the throw with your back to the basket for one point.

The group pictured here includes, front row, from left: Francis Millard, Edna May Bridge, Margaret Woodward. Second row: Edna Carr, Mary Lou Gough. Third row: Mable Carr, Mary Jane Cheney, Jessie Getts, Dorothy Weaver. Fourth row: coach.

Fun facts like these are a taste of what you'll see at our Harding Museum summer exhibit, which will open in June (exact date TBA).
Museums open May 4; docent training Apr. 27

The Harding Museum and the Log Post Office will open for the season on May 4. The Harding will be open on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Log Post Office will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (we're moving to earlier hours to accommodate folks on the bike path, who tend to be out early). The Harding will be open during May, but the summer exhibit will not open until June. (See the next article).

We always welcome new docents, and have scheduled docent training for Sat, April 27, at 10:00 a.m. at the Harding. If you are interested but can’t attend on that day, contact our museum manager at jukellis@hotmail.com or call the museum at (937) 746-8295.

Being a docent is a great way to meet interesting people and have fun showing off our museums. If you'd like to be a docent, call (937) 746-8295.

Summer exhibit and June dinner

Our summer exhibit at the Harding Museum will be Work Hard, Play Hard: The History of Sports in the Franklin Community. Stay tuned for details about the exhibit which will include pictures, artifacts, and personal appearances. The exhibit opens in June.

Our annual June dinner will be Monday, June 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Harding Museum. Cost TBA.

In keeping with our summer exhibit, the dinner theme will be sports. John Everett of the Dayton Clodbusters Base Ball Club will be the featured speaker. The Clodbusters play 1860’s baseball dressed in period uniforms. Everett will be portraying an 1860’s player and will describe the game in that time period.
FAHS is on Amazon Smile!

Are you familiar with Amazon Smile?

Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of qualified purchases to a charity of your choice. We hope you will choose FAHS! You must designate Franklin Area Historical Society as your charity and and begin your shopping at smile.amazon.com

Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7164805 and AmazonSmile donates to FAHS.

Holiday Home Tour

2019 is the year for our Holiday Home Tour!

The date is Sunday, Dec. 15, and we already have three homes scheduled as tour stops. We'd love to have 5 or more homes on the tour and include some we've never visited.

If you'd like open your home for this event, please call (937) 746-8295.
Membership update: Thank you to new and renewing members

Thank you to members who have recently joined or renewed their business, individual, or family memberships: Amy Bridge, Janice Hennessy, Chris Kellis, Steve Wilson, Lee Buchanan, Jonathan Jones, Jacquelyn Moore, Mary Sue Edwards, Jim and Susie Mears, Sheila Gorkis, Sandy Christian, Dan and Lynn Darragh, Rebecca Foster, Frank and Martha Chapman, Charlotte Summer, Jim and Ryan Gooding, Julie and Andy Wells, Dick Tracy, Dave Baker, The Greenbusch Group, Joe Jeromos, Taylor Jeromos, and Phil Darragh.

If you believe you've renewed and haven't seen your name in a newsletter this year, let us know by replying to this email.

Members are the lifeblood of our organization. If you haven't yet renewed, please do so. If you are receiving this via email, there's a link to a renewal form at the top and bottom of the email. If you received a hard copy of this newsletter, and haven't renewed, a renewal form is enclosed.
Thank you to Clark's Tax Service!

We appreciate Clark's Tax Service for their 2019 support.
Memorials and Donations

Thank you to our members and friends who support the Society with their donations!

  • In memory of her parents, Donald R. & Phyllis Moore Darragh, from Peggy Darragh-Jeromos.
  • In honor of the 90th birthday of Eva Louise "Weesie" Polley, from Peggy Darragh-Jeromos.

Thank you to these friends and member for their recent donations: Robyn Donisi, Dave Baker, and Raymond & Cindy Clark.
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