July 2023
Thank you for your interest in local history!
Trivia time!

We hope you're following FAHS on FaceBook for the most up-to-date news and events.

Sunday, August 6. Trivia! 2 to 4 p.m. at A&G Pizza. It's time for our annual trivia event. Register through EventBrite or send a check to FAHS, 302 Park Ave., Franklin, OH 45005. Team size: two or more, please. $20 per person to play. Food and drinks available for purchase from the menu.

Prizes for the winning teams, plus lots of laughs. Limited seating, so RSVP ASAP. All proceeds support the operation of the Harding Museum and Log Post Office. Event sponsor: Buddy's Garden.

First place prizes are complimentary seats (one per team member, a $50 value) at a paranormal investigation at the Harding Museum (date TBD). Second place prizes are complimentary tickets (one per team member) to the Holiday Home Tour (a $20 value; event is Dec. 2).
Mark Your Calendars

We have more events planned for later this year including:

Date TBA: A concert by members of the Franklin High School band at the Harding Museum.

September, date TBA: A guided walking tour of the Mackinaw district.

Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 to 5 p.m. Holiday Historic Home Tour. We'd like to add more houses to the tour; please let us know if you'd be willing to open your home for the afternoon. This event is in conjunction with the Carlisle Area Historical Society. More details and sponsors to be announced.
Our 2023 Admissions Sponsor

Many thanks to our 2023 admissions sponsor: WesBanco!

WesBanco is a wonderful community partner and we appreciate their continued support of the Society!

Thanks to them, admission is free to both the Log PO and the Harding Museum.

Museums' Summer Hours

The Harding Museum is open on Saturdays, Noon to 3 p.m. Stop by to visit this wonderful space and take in some local history.

The Log Post Office is open on the second Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Additional open dates for the PO depend on volunteer availability. Watch our FB page.

Meet Mack!

Introducing Mack the Moose. Mack’s name was recently picked by the Historical Society’s Board of Directors because Mack resides in the Mackinaw Historic District on Franklin’s west side.

What’s in a name? The Mackinaw District was originally part of land purchased in 1805 by William Barkalow. By 1860 the land was owned by James Chamberlain and L.G. Anderson.

Lots were sold and the remaining land was sold in 1887 to the Mackinaw Development Corporation, named for the Cincinnati, Jackson and Mackinaw Railroad that arrived in Franklin in 1886. The Development Company divided the land into 450 lots.

The area contains some of the best examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture in Franklin. In 1980, the Mackinaw District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thanks to everyone who suggested names for the Harding Museum’s moose. Mack will be hanging around the museum so stop by for a visit.
Thank you, staff and board members!

Museum manager: Julie Kellis. Julie is the contact for anything related to either museum. To reach her, call (937) 746-8295 or email [email protected]

2023 Board of Directors: Amy Bridge, Melonie Cochran, Peggy Darragh-Jeromos, Ben Kendrick, Stephen Lake, Mary Nenninger, Steve Peters, Justin Rossi, and Tom Wiggershaus.
(937) 746-8295