November 2018
Holiday Bazaar Nov. 3

Start your holiday shopping at our annual bazaar, Sat., Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harding Museum.

Vendors include Miss Selby's soaps, Geeky Gifts, Girly Girls (Little girls' clothing), gourmet cupcakes, Tupperware, Mary Kay, J. Leigh Jewelry, and Lularoe. Additional vendors may be added. 

In addition, all Historical Society items will be for sale: ornaments, prints, and books. Stop in for a unique shopping experience in the professionally decorated museum. 

The museum is located at 302 Park Ave., Franklin. Many thanks to member Cheryl Miller for organizing this annual event.

World War I Program Nov. 11

Join us Sun., Nov. 11, 2 p.m. for a presentation by local historian Bob Bowman on Franklin's Involvement in World War I . The program will be held at the Franklin Public Library, 44 E. 4th St.

The meeting will include a very brief business section and election of officers and board members for 2019. 

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party Dec. 8

On Tacky! On Ruffled! On Loud and Gaudy! Come Sequined! Come Glittered! Come Fringed and Shoddy!

Put on your ugliest holiday finery and join us for an ugly sweater party. Food! Beverages! Music! You'll get a chance to vote on the ugliest sweater and you just won't believe the prizes we have for the winners! (Hint: They were donated to the yard sale, but deemed too "special" for the general public.)

Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 to 9:30 p.m ., Harding Museum. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Bring some cash to participate in some raffles and games.

Please RSVP by Dec. 4 so we can plan adequate food and seating . Reply to this email or call (937) 746-8295.

Holiday Party Reservations at the Harding Museum

Hold your holiday party at the Harding Museum this year! The Museum has been professionally decorated and is a beautiful spot for a memorable holiday celebration.

Available dates are: November 30, December 7, 14, 21, and 22.

Cost: $150 for a three-hour party (with one hour for set-up before the party and one hour after for clean-up) A $75, non-refundable deposit and a signed rental agreement are due upon reserving a date.

Capacity is 40 people. Parties are restricted to the first floor of the museum. Some tables and chairs are available. The Museum is best suited for carry-in refreshments because the kitchen is small and not set up for catering. You must supply your own plates, cups, serving utensils, etc. Renters are responsible for the clean-up and removal of trash.

A representative of FAHS will be on site during the event. For further information view the Museum Rental Policy at or call (937) 746-8295.

Tour the Museum It looks awesome!

Do you have a church group or club that might like to tour the Harding Museum this holiday season? We've had professional decorators in and it looks amazing! Many thanks to Creative Communion, Wandering Leaves, Butter Street Barn, A Country Peddler, and The Charlotte Bed & Breakfast for decorating our beautiful space this year.

To arrange a tour for yourself or your group, please call (937) 746-8295 or email

FAHS is on Amazon Smile!

Attention on-line shoppers: Franklin Area Historical Society is now set up in Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of qualified purchases to a charity of your choice. You must designate Franklin Area Historical Society as your charity and begin your shopping at Use this link to get started.

Ohio Open Doors and the FAHS Appraisal Event

Thanks to everyone who participated in or assisted with our Sept. 15 Ohio Open Doors event: Franklin's Historic Walls Inside and Out . We had a great time touring some local historic spaces that are not often seen by the public. We can't wait to do something similar next September! Thanks to our partners Forever Franklin, Inc. and the Franklin-Springboro Public Library, and to our in-kind sponsor Franklin Township.

We had a great time at our road-show type appraisal event on Sept. 16. People came all the way from Indiana to get items evaluated by professional appraisers. Highlights were a letter written by Pres. Garfield, a vintage Midge doll with tons of clothes, and several antique firearms. We plan to make this an every-other-year event. Many thanks to our event sponsor Architectural Reclamation !
Ohio History Connection Coffee Nov. 5

Have you wondered about historic tax credit programs here in Ohio? Wondered about the application and review process?

This program is an easy introduction to the 20% federal historic tax credit and 25% Ohio historic preservation tax credit which you can use to rehabilitate your historic building.

Come chat at a quick, informal get-together to learn how historic tax credits work.

Location: Harding Museum, 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Ohio History Connection.

Historical items make great holiday gifts

Local history lovers on your shopping list would love something from our gift shop. We have beautiful prints of Franklin scenes painted by Bill Rehse, Effie Corwin Trader, and Robert DeNise (pictured). We have 21 ornaments, note cards of Trudi Callahan watercolors, FAHS T-shirts, books, and more.

The price for some items has been reduced: all ornaments EXCEPT the Log Post Office and the Harding Museum are now 3 for $10. The Harding and Log PO are still $6.

Everything can be ordered using the order form or can be purchased in person. Call (937) 746-8295 to inquire about in-person purchases or stop by during the bazaar on Nov. 3.
Memorials and Donations

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

In honor of the 99th birthday of Dick Tracy , Oct. 7, 2018, by his daughter Mary Ann Tracy Evans.

In memory of Dorothy McLaughlin , who died October 10, 2018, at the age of 97, from Harriet Foley and from Dan and Carol Fedders.
Riverway Medallions installed

The Harding Museum, the Log Post Office, and several other places around town are now sporting Great Miami Riverway medallions.

These signify our participation in this regional tourism initiative. Learn more at
Robert E. Lee Monument re-dedication

Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy rededicated Franklin’s Robert E. Lee Marker on Tues., Oct. 9, 2018. It's located at the Eagles Lodge, 1075 N. Main St., Franklin. This was ninety years after the first dedication of the marker at the Dixie Highway (old U.S. 25) intersection with Route 73 (Hamilton-Middletown Road) on October 9, 1928.

The monument reads:
Erected and Dedicated by the
United Daughters of the Confederacy and Friends
In loving Memory of ROBERT E. LEE
And to Mark the Route of the DIXIE HIGHWAY.
“The shaft memorial and highway straight attest his worth
– he cometh to his own.”   Littlefield

Five members of the Ohio Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy conducted the ceremony with invocation, an address on the history of the monument, patriotic songs, and benediction. Brian Morris, a Franklin Township Trustee and a member of the Eagles, gave a few remarks. Members of several Civil War organizations were in attendance. Mary Ann Raymond, Harriet Foley, and Debbie Kopp Simpkins were among those present who represented the Colonel Jonathan Bayard Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

This was the third dedication of this Robert E. Lee Monument. The first was October 9, 1928. The second dedication was after the marker had been repaired following its being hit by a car in the spring of 1981. In August 2017, following national controversy over Robert E. Lee and other Civil War monuments, this monument was removed by the city because it was on public right-of-way. Since then it has been cleaned, repaired, and mounted on a larger glacial stone.

Now it is still located on the Dixie Highway, but is on private land at the north edge of our city.

The Dixie Highway was seen as a way to unite the North and the South. It became U. S. Route 25, which in the late 1950’s was replaced by Interstate 75 – all three extending from Florida to Michigan. Some other north/south roads are named Union Road and Yankee Road.
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