December 2019
Thank you for your interest in local history!
Holiday Home Tour is Dec. 15.

Our b iennial holiday home tour will be Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 until Dec. 8 and $20 thereafter. 

The tour begins at the Harding Museum, 302 Park Ave., and includes five historic homes, an historic downtown building (the former Franklin National Bank, now The Bank: Tattoos and Body Piercing), and Franklin Christian Church on S. Main St. All will be decorated for the holidays. The Harding Museum has been professionally decorated with the theme "Here Comes Santa."

A violinist will be providing live music at the Harding Museum and one of the homes will have hundreds of Santa items on display. The Museum of Spiritual Art (MOSA) will be serving refreshments, and Tim Langenderfer, MOSA’s artist–in-residence, will be painting a portrait of St. Nick which will be raffled off to any visitors that fill out a form at the Museum that weekend. 

Tickets may be purchased via cash or check at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce (1200 E. Second St., Ste B, downstairs back), A Country Peddler (779 Central Ave, Carlisle, open Weds. through Saturday), the Museum of Spiritual Art (318 S. River St.), the The Bank: Tattoos and Body Piercing (400 S. Main St.), or by calling (937) 746-8295. They may also be purchased online with a credit card at EventBrite .

Gross Lumber Company and The Greenbusch Group are gold sponsors for the event. 

Harding's Holiday Hours and Holiday Decorations

The Harding Museum will be open every Friday in December from 10 to 3, and every Saturday in December from 11 to 3. Stop by to shop in our gift shop for the history lovers in your life (or for yourself), and see the gorgeous decorations done by our 2019 decorators using the theme Here Comes Santa.

Many thanks to Butter Street Barn, The Ember House. Wandering Leaves Studio, A Country Peddler, and Wade Estate Liquidators, Ian Wade Samsperott for sharing their wonderful decorating talents.

Museum repair needed: update
 As we mentioned in the last newsletter, our beautiful Harding Museum generally looks wonderful, but we do face a major repair of one of our chimneys. It has a long crack and must be rebuilt at a cost of $6,000. That was the lowest of three estimates which we received.

We have received a grant from Middletown Community Foundation for $3,000 and a $700 donation from the Fraternal Order of Orioles, Nest #263. Those monies, combined with some individual donations put our museum repair fund at just over $4,000.

Granting organizations require matching funds, so we are also reaching out to FAHS members, as it is people like you who are most likely to want to support and maintain our beautiful museum. If you wish to donate, please mail a check made out to Franklin Area Historical Society, 302 Park Ave., Franklin, and mark it "chimney."
Welcome new board members

FAHS elected officers and board members at our November meeting.

Our 2020 board members and officers are Peggy Darragh-Jeromos , president; Sharon Gambill , vice president; Mary Nenninger , treasurer; Gwen Motley (new board member), treasurer; Drew Mantel , membership chair; Liz Buchana n, past president. Board members include: Bob Bowman, Amy Bridge, Frankie Carlson, Justin Rossi (new board member), and Tom Wiggershaus (new board member).
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2019 museum admission is free!

Thank you to Wesbanco for underwriting the admission fees to both the Harding Museum and the Log Post Office this year. We appreciate their support of FAHS and generosity in making the museums financially accessible to all.

The Harding Museum is open on Fridays, 10 to 3. The Log Post Office has closed for the season, but both museums are open by appointment. Call (937) 746-8295.
Memorials, Donations, and Grants

Many thanks to the Middletown Community Foundation for a generous grant of $3,000, which is for our chimney repairs. The repair fund stands a little over $4,000, with the goal being $6,000.

Thank you to our members and friends who have recently supported the Society with their donations!

  • In honor of Dick Tracy's 100th birthday from Richard and Christian McLaughlin.
  • In memory of Vince Ross, Springboro Educator and Franklin Township Administrator, who died on Jan. 24, 2011, from Kathryn Ross Wright.
  • In memory of Terry DeHart from Frank and Martha Chapman.
  • Thank you to Gwen Motley, Craig Kellis, Frank and Martha Chapman, Wilma Molisse, and Kathryn Ross Wright for their recent gifts designated for chimney repair and/or general Society support.
Membership update

Thank you to these recent new and renewing members: Gwen Motley and family; Joyce Eldridge Brown and Clarence Brown; Kathryn Ross Wright; Tom Kuhn; Arlene Swink Tussey; and Richard and Christian McLaughlin.

Membership dues help maintain the Harding Museum and the Log Post Office. Memberships preserve artifacts that tell the story of Franklin. Memberships allow the Society to offer educational programs that benefit local schools.

Plus, members are the first to know when special events and programs will take place, and may give you a member discount on certain ticketed events.

You can download a membership form and send a check, or join/renew online with a credit card .
Museum Rentals

The Harding Museum is available to rent. Some of the recent activities that have taken place or are scheduled are a baby shower, a wedding, Rotary Club Holiday party, a family Christmas party, and a birthday party. The rental form is available here . Call (937) 746-8295 to check date availability.
Thank you to Clark's Tax Service!

We appreciate Clark's Tax Service for their 2019 support.
(937) 746-8295