February 2020
Thank you for your interest in local history!
200 th Anniversary of the Charter for the Franklin Masonic Lodge

The February meeting for the Franklin Area Historical Society will take place Mon., Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1355 East Second St. The program will include a tour of the lodge building and a slide show.

Franklin’s Masonic Lodge was founded in 1819 by William C. Schenck, the founder of Franklin. The Masons are one of the oldest continually operating organizations in the area. The history of the Masons is a reflection of the history of Franklin and includes a membership that helped shape the city.

Photo: Shown here is an intricate inlay work done by a past master that's more than 100 years old. The dollar bill is only to show the size.
The Art of Jeff Mosby

The Franklin Area Historical Society will host the Art of Jeff Mosby, February 21, 22, 28, 29, March 6, and 7 at the Harding Museum.

Jeff began his career specializing in home and pet portraits and branched out into custom murals. He specializes in both watercolor and acrylic. His paintings are beautifully done with a nod toward the humorous and whimsical. Jeff likes people to get a chuckle as they contemplate his artwork.

Mosby pursued art studies at Illinois State University, California Art Center, UCLA, and the California Institute of Arts. He currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife and a cute, but stubborn, beagle.

All works on exhibit will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Franklin Area Historical Society.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Friday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m . at the Harding Museum. To RSVP, please reply to this email or call (937) 746-8295.

The museum is located at 302 Park Avenue in Franklin. Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays during the exhibit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The artist will be demonstrating during Saturday hours.

For further information call (937) 746-8295.
Museum repair update: good news
 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.

Thanks to generous individual donors, a donation from the Fraternal Order of Orioles Nest #263 and a grant from Middletown Community Foundation, we've reached our fundraising goal. Work will begin when the weather breaks in the spring.
HAC Trivia: Feb. 23

The Heritage Advisory Council of South West Ohio (HAC) will host a general trivia event at Valley Vineyards on Sunday, Feb. 23. Doors open at 2 p.m. and trivia begins at 3 p.m

This is HAC's third annual fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting museums and historical societies across South West Ohio. Franklin Area Historical Society is a member of HAC and has been the recipient of several grants.

Cincinnati trivia company Last Call will lead the event. ​Raffle baskets! Cash prizes for the winners!.

Go solo or as a team. Cost is $20 pp or $100 for a team of six. Seating is limited to 120.  To register, use this link.
Thank you for a wonderful home tour!

Another historic holiday home tour is in the books, and the 2019 event was a rousing success! We had great weather and a big crowd, and all of the spaces we explored were wonderful!

Thank you to everyone who opened their home or business, who bought tickets, who provided entertainment, who volunteered, and a huge thank you to our event sponsors The Greenbusch Group and Gross Lumber Company and to our music sponsor, Amy Bridge.

FAHS is on Amazon Smile!
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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 begin your shopping at smile.amazon.com

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

We added lion bookends to our Harding Museum gift shop at the end of last year. They were wildly popular and sold out twice! If you didn't get a set and are still interested, we still have a few sets left. Cost is $42 plus tax; shipping is extra if you're out of town.

If you'd like a set, please call (937) 746-8295 and leave a message.
FAHS Trivia: April 19

Our extremely popula r annual trivia fundraiser is scheduled for Sun., April 19, 4 to 7 p.m. at JD Legends. Mark your calendars and prepare for an afternoon of FUN.

Watch our website and Facebook page for details. This event sells out, so when registration opens, make sure you grab your spot. Many thanks to JD Legends for their support of this event.
Memorials, Donations, and Grants

Thank you to our members and friends who have recently supported the Society with their donations! These donations were designated for museum repairs or general Society support.

  • In memory of Doris Howser and Virgil “Buck” Howser from Phyllis Scholp (chimney repair)
  • In memory of Dorothy Jean Basore Glass from Phillip Glass (chimney repair)
  • In memory of Jean Tracy from Dick Tracy
  • In memory of John and Clementine (Tiny) Howard from Mary Zink
  • From John Sharts, Andy & Susan Stewart, Architectural Reclamation, and Brandon Epperson for general support and from Pat Edwards for interior repairs

Membership update

Thank you to these recent new and renewing members: Mary Sue Edwards, Richard Robinson, Phil Darragh, Taylor Jeromos, Joe Jeromos, Susan & Andy Stewart, Architectural Reclamation, Dan & Lynn Darragh, Chris Kellis, and Lee Buchanan. Tom Wiggershaus/WesBanco, Jim & Louise St. John, Dick Tracy, Dale Zink Meats, Phyllis Scholp, and Weesie Polley.

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 . If you are receiving a printed copy of this newsletter, a renewal form is on the back page.

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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.
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