Franklin Historical Museum

Franklin Historical Museum The Franklin Historical Museum is a center for community engagement, committed to facilitating the exploration of Franklin through a local, regional, and national lens, to a multigenerational audience.
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Franklin was first settled by Europeans in 1660 and was officially incorporated during the American Revolution. The town was formed from the western part of the town of Wrentham on February 16, 1778; its designated name at incorporation was to be Exeter. However, the town chose to be called Franklin in honor of the statesman Benjamin Franklin, the first municipality in the United States to be so named.[3] In response to receipt of the honor, Dr. Franklin donated 116 volumes to form what is called "America's First Public Library". The collection is currently on display at the library.[4] The city is also home to the birth place of America's father of public education, Horace Mann. Franklin is home to what may be the nation's oldest continuously operational one-room school house (Croydon, NH's school dates to 1780, but there is debate as to whether it is truly "one room"). The Red Brick School was started in 1792 and the building was constructed in 1833[5] and was operational until 2008. St. Mary's Catholic church, located in central Franklin and built by Matthew Sullivan, is the largest Catholic parish in the Boston Archdiocese with some 15,000 members.

02/08/2020

We hope you are planning to spend your Sunday afternoon with us and Chris Woolf. Chris Woolf is the ‘History Guy’. He is news Editor of public radio’s The World (the public radio production of the BBC, PRX and WGBH). Also Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at The Voice Depot. Chris is a storyteller and lover of history who enjoys analyzing and explaining international relations, historical issues, foreign policy, defense issues, military operations, strategic thinking, etc. etc. Join us on Sunday, February 9th at 1:10PM for his historic and unique look at the American War for Independence.

02/02/2020

SECOND SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES SCHEDULE

2/9 Chris Woolf: How Russian meddling impacted the American Revolution

3/8 Phil Grove: Just teach yourself - learning and evolving

4/8 Closed - Happy Easter

5/10 Jim Johnston - Local History

6/14 Register William O'Donnell - Registry of Deeds

7/12 Benjamin Roine - Native American Indians

01/12/2020

Learn about the President who visited Franklin - today's Second Sunday Speaker Series

12/22/2019

Unfortunately, we have completely sold out of our Ornaments. Thanks for your support.

12/14/2019

We have sold out of Christmas ornaments. There may be a few left at either the Library or the Senior Center!

12/07/2019

The History of Christmas tomorrow's Second Sunday Speaker Series 1:10PM

12/07/2019

The museum is open 10AM-1PM today, stop in for our Gazebo Ornament for your tree!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the Franklin Historical Museum.
12/01/2019

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the Franklin Historical Museum.

Mrs. Claus at the museum today until 3:30
12/01/2019

Mrs. Claus at the museum today until 3:30

11/10/2019

As we honor our veterans this weekend, the museum hosts Corinne Smith as part of our Second Sunday Speaker Series. Corinne took the letters she found, that her Mother had saved when corresponding with WWII soldiers and researched their lives, their families, their experiences. Join us for this personal look at the thoughts and words of soldiers preserved in the lost art of letter writing. The museum opens at 1:00PM, admission is always free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. Food Pantry donations are being collected.

Notice anything new at the museum these days?
11/08/2019

Notice anything new at the museum these days?

We were happy to host the awesome 2nd grade students from Davis Thayer School today. They learned about the Wampanoags, ...
11/08/2019

We were happy to host the awesome 2nd grade students from Davis Thayer School today. They learned about the Wampanoags, our town history, the library, Horace Mann and Eddie Grant. They all had great energy, great interest and great questions. It was hard to get them all to stand still at once, but here are most of their smiling faces.

The Mann Family plot.
10/31/2019

The Mann Family plot.

10/31/2019

Tonight's cemetery tour is going ahead as planned. We're expecting a brief window of opportunity right at 5PM. Meet at the museum by 4:45 and we will head down to the cemetery at 4:50. Dress for the weather, but we're hoping for the best!

10/08/2019

Tonight's Historic Commission Meeting has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. We apologize for any inconvenience.

10/01/2019

We're looking forward to the Harvest Festival this weekend. Stop by the museum for some holiday fun! We'll be hosting our 2nd annual Scarecrow contest for children of ALL AGES! Enjoy Apple cider and donuts! And take a chance on guessing the number of candy corns in jar! Our gift shop will be open where you can find our custom made Gazebo glass ornaments (while they last!) They sold out last year, get yours early before the rush. See you Saturday and let's hope for good weather!

09/26/2019

Are there any local farms out there that might want to donate pumpkins or gourds to decorate the front of the museum? We already have someone donating corn stalks.

09/26/2019

Any army brats out there familiar with Fort Holabird?

Introducing our new logo.
09/14/2019

Introducing our new logo.

Our new logo, look for it at the museum near you!  :-)
09/14/2019

Our new logo, look for it at the museum near you! :-)

Franklin Historical Museum
09/14/2019

Franklin Historical Museum

09/08/2019

Join us today for a very interesting presentation on French Neutrals in the area, Wrentham/Franklin, during colonial times. Presented in period dress from the 1780's. The talk centers around the Robichaux family and their life here during revolutionary times. Doors open at 1:00, presentation starts at 1:10, admission is always free.

08/12/2019

Another successful Second Sunday Speaker Series event is now history. Thanks to everyone who came out for the interesting and fun presentation on the Fashions of Downton Abbey. Thanks to Ren Antonowicz from Spirits of Fashion for her entertaining presentation.

08/11/2019

Check out our new website franklinmuseum1778.com and let us know what you think.

08/11/2019

Join us today for our Second Sunday Speaker Series special Spirits of Fashion presentation The Fashions of Downton Abbey at 1:10PM. The museum opens at 1:00. Admission is Free. See you there!

Prices from a 1934 Montgomery Ward catalog!!
08/03/2019

Prices from a 1934 Montgomery Ward catalog!!

Part of a recent donation of vintage sewing bits and bobs
08/03/2019

Part of a recent donation of vintage sewing bits and bobs

Have a sneak peak at our NEW website franklinmuseum1778.comand let us know what you think.  It's still a work in progres...
07/27/2019
Franklin Historical Museum Home Page

Have a sneak peak at our NEW website
franklinmuseum1778.com
and let us know what you think. It's still a work in progress, but you'll find lots of interesting research sources, many historical postcards of town in the Anne Giardano Post Card Collection page. More to come, but we're excited to share with you now.

Visit the Franklin Historical Museum to learn about our town's interesting and historic past.

Franklin Historical Museum's cover photo
07/25/2019

Franklin Historical Museum's cover photo

To the ladies who attended our Second Sunday Speaker Series on the topic of Victorian Secrets - ladies Victorian underga...
07/14/2019

To the ladies who attended our Second Sunday Speaker Series on the topic of Victorian Secrets - ladies Victorian undergarments, the answer to your question about what the hoop, crinoline and bustle skirts were made of ... they were made of flexible sprung steel rings, suspended from fabric tape. Thank you all for coming today.

07/04/2019

The museum is closed today. Enjoy the 4th! Make lasting memories with your family!

Our summer exhibit, Victorian Secrets, is open. It took many layers of undergarments to properly dress a lady of the Vic...
06/15/2019

Our summer exhibit, Victorian Secrets, is open. It took many layers of undergarments to properly dress a lady of the Victorian era. Chemise, corset, corset cover, bloomers, petticoat, hoop skirt or bustle, another petticoat, and THEN her dress. All items on display are from our collection, including nightwear and beautiful infant dresses.

06/09/2019

Stone Walls of New England today at 1:10

Working on our summer exhibit. In Victorian times layering meant your chemise, bloomers, corset, corset cover, petticoat...
06/07/2019

Working on our summer exhibit. In Victorian times layering meant your chemise, bloomers, corset, corset cover, petticoat, bustle, and THEN your dress. VICTORIAN SECRETS opens next Friday, June 14th. A special Friday night opening in conjunction with the annual Strawberry Stroll.

05/12/2019

COME BY TODAY! Either after taking Mom to brunch, or before dinner and hear Gary Hylander's presentation on John and Abigail Adams, An American Marriage! 1:15pm, always free.

Red Brick School, Franklin Library and Downtown Train Station by Cat's Meow, now available in the Museum Gift Shop! Proc...
05/10/2019

Red Brick School, Franklin Library and Downtown Train Station by Cat's Meow, now available in the Museum Gift Shop! Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum.

05/04/2019

CANCELLED - Saturday's ARTWEEK event at the museum is cancelled.

05/02/2019

We just hit 1000 PAGE LIKES! Thank You!

05/01/2019

Just a reminder that the Museum will be hosting two ARTWEEK events this weekend. Saturday, May 4th 10:15AM Pianist Dennis Ferguson will perform a selection of music by female composerss on the vintage Trowbridge Piano. Sunday May 5th Notable Blend (A women's barbershop chorus) performs at 3:00PM. Please join us and enjoy all of ARTWEEK!

Red Brick School, circa 1900
05/01/2019

Red Brick School, circa 1900

04/20/2019

The museum will be closed tomorrow, Easter Sunday. We wish you all a Happy Easter and Happy Passover.

04/15/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for Tom Stohlman's very interesting and educational talk on the Boston Public Library. It's history and architecture were the featured topics, and I'm sure many are inspired to go visit the library as soon as possible. Thanks Tom, for your time and for sharing your knowledge! Next month, our Second Sunday Speaker Series fetaures Gary Highlander speaking on John and Abigail Adams, an American Marriage. Sunday May 12th @ 1:10PM.

It's Spring, and that can mean only one thing, we're OPEN THURSDAY NIGHTS AGAIN!  Come in on your next Thursday night st...
04/06/2019

It's Spring, and that can mean only one thing, we're OPEN THURSDAY NIGHTS AGAIN! Come in on your next Thursday night stroll around town. We'll be showing vintage films of Franklin taken over a span of 30 years, from the Stanley Chilson collection. We'll be there 5:00PM-8:00PM. Come in and find your history!

The water trough, 'at the bridge'.
04/06/2019

The water trough, 'at the bridge'.

Interested to see this post, our May Second Sunday Speaker Series is on John and Abigail Adams, an American Marriage.  T...
03/20/2019
Massachusetts Historical Society

Interested to see this post, our May Second Sunday Speaker Series is on John and Abigail Adams, an American Marriage. They were a very interesting historical couple.

Abigail Adams wrote thousands of letters to her vast network of correspondents. Which was her finest? It’s up to you to decide! The MHS and American Antiquarian Society have teamed up on #AbigailsAllStars, a March Madness style bracket. Thirty two letters will face off in Round 1. Starting Friday, 22 March, you can check out the letters and begin voting to help choose the ultimate “All Star.” A winner will be announced on 1 April. #RememberAbigail

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80 W Central St
Franklin, MA
02038

Opening Hours

Thursday 17:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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Franklin’s Historical Museum

The Franklin Historical Museum is a community center for the preservation and sharing of Franklin’s rich history. Located in downtown at 80 West Central Street, the museum opened in 2010 in the former location of the Franklin Senior Center, originally built as the Town Hall. A collection of artifacts, photos, documents textiles and furniture, the museum has permanent exhibits and changing temporary exhibits. Guest Speakers are a feature attraction at the museum on the second Sunday of each month. The summer months brings our most popular exhibit, the beutiful Wedding Gown display. Visit us Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons, and Thursday evenings (April-November)

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