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Franklin Township Historical Society

Franklin Township Historical Society The Franklin Township Historical Society preserves the history of Franklin Township, Indianapolis, I See our website for details! :D

The FTHS page offers additional information and updates in addition to what is available on our website, www.FTHS.org. It is at the website that you will find that our Open Hours are from 2 to 4
on the first Saturday and the third Sunday of the month for most of the year, for instance, as well as by appointment. We do tours of our 1871 Meeting House, offer presentations to school and Scout groups and to interested adults, and publish books about township history.

Operating as usual

The Franklin Township Historical Society's FREE "Old Fashioned Christmas" will be this Sunday, Dec. 11th, at 6 PM at the...
12/05/2022

The Franklin Township Historical Society's FREE "Old Fashioned Christmas" will be this Sunday, Dec. 11th, at 6 PM at the Society's 1871 Meeting House, 6510 S. Franklin Rd. Come for Christmas carols played on the building's original pump organ, displays of antique toys and other items, short histories of Christmas traditions, candle luminaria, and more... plus cookies and punch! All are welcome. TAKE NOTE: Please park in the paved lot of The Creek next door (they have kindly allowed this) in order to keep the tiny Meeting House lot available for those with mobility issues.

The "Christmas in Wanamaker" event is returning this year, on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 9 to 3. The parade will be at 1 PM ...
11/16/2022

The "Christmas in Wanamaker" event is returning this year, on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 9 to 3. The parade will be at 1 PM (and will include Cupcake the Dinosaur in the Jurassic Park Jeep... unless it's raining; Cupcake gets mad and tends to eat people when she gets wet!).😀There will be lots of craft and other booths inside the Aadvanced Limousines building, where the Franklin Township Historical Society will also have a booth selling not only its books about local history but also (new this year) its Christmas ornaments! The day will also offer food, hot chocolate, Santa, live animals, opportunities to win prizes, and more. Consider stopping by Wanamaker that day! 🎄

The Franklin Township Historical Society wishes to thank Teachers Credit Union, Guitar Academy of Indiana, Wanamaker Fee...
10/24/2022

The Franklin Township Historical Society wishes to thank Teachers Credit Union, Guitar Academy of Indiana, Wanamaker Feed & Seed, Mascari Cleaners, Pleasant View Orchard, Wanamaker Flower Shoppe, The Historic Artcraft Theatre, and various individuals for donations to the upcoming Silent Auction, which will be held during the Nov. 5th Harvest Luncheon. Tickets for the Luncheon event are available until this Friday, Oct. 28th. Visit FTHS.org for details!

THE DEADLINE NEARS! Don't miss this year's Franklin Township Historical Society Harvest Luncheon, with all of its extras...
10/14/2022

THE DEADLINE NEARS! Don't miss this year's Franklin Township Historical Society Harvest Luncheon, with all of its extras: Great food, the popular Silent Auction, history presentation, door prizes, and more! The event is Saturday Nov. 5th at noon at Grace Church, 5605 S. Franklin Rd. This year’s entrée will be Chicken Normandy, an autumn-appropriate dish made with white wine, apples, chicken and broth, topped with cheese and served over rice. (People with gluten intolerances: There is no wheat product in this dish.) The meal will also include salad, rolls, desserts, and beverages. The event will offer a variety of gift baskets on which to bid in our Silent Auction. This has been extremely popular in previous years. There will also be live music from talented pianist Jim Kemp, and attendees will be eligible to receive various door prizes. Historical Society publications about local history will also be available. Tickets must be purchased in advance and orders received by Oct. 28th. Tickets are $20 when purchased by a member of the Historical Society, or $25 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased either online or by mailing a check to the FTHS post office box. Visit https://www.fths.org/.../harvest-luncheon-and-silent.../ to purchase online, or mail a check payable to the Franklin Township Historical Society to FTHS, P.O. Box 39015, Indianapolis, IN 46239. All are welcome! Have food and fun while supporting the work of the Historical Society.

At last! After two years, the Harvest Luncheon Returns!It was a huge disappointment when, after several years of well at...
10/05/2022

At last! After two years, the Harvest Luncheon Returns!
It was a huge disappointment when, after several years of well attended and highly successful Harvest Luncheons, we had to cancel in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid situation. But this fall
the Harvest Luncheon is back with great food, our popular Silent
Auction, history presentation, door prizes, and more! The event will take place Saturday November 5th at noon at Grace Church, 5605 S. Franklin Rd. This year’s entrée will be Chicken Normandy, an autumn-appropriate dish made with white wine, apples, chicken and broth, topped with cheese and served over rice. (People with gluten intolerances: There is no wheat product in this dish.) The meal will also include salad, rolls, desserts, and beverages. As at our 2019 Luncheon, in addition to the meal the event will offer a variety of gift baskets on which to bid in our Silent Auction. This has been extremely popular in previous years and we’re happy to offer it again. We will also enjoy live music from talented pianist Jim Kemp, and attendees will be eligible to receive various door prizes. Our publications about local history will also be available to browse and purchase. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE, and received by Oct. 28th, as we have to give the caterer an exact count. Tickets are $20 per person when purchased by a member of the Historical Society; the price is $25 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased either online at our website or by mailing a check to our post office box. Visit https://www.fths.org/.../harvest-luncheon-and-silent.../ to purchase tickets online, or mail a check (payable to the Franklin Township Historical Society) to FTHS, P.O. Box 39015, Indianapolis, IN 46239. We’re looking forward to having you join us for this enjoyable event! Come have fun while supporting the work of the Historical Society.

At last! After two years, the Harvest Luncheon Returns!It was a huge disappointment when, after several years of well at...
09/15/2022

At last! After two years, the Harvest Luncheon Returns!
It was a huge disappointment when, after several years of well attended and highly successful Harvest Luncheons, we had to cancel in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid situation. But this fall
the Harvest Luncheon is back with great food, our popular Silent
Auction, history presentation, door prizes, and more! The event will take place Saturday November 5th at noon at Grace Church, 5605 S. Franklin Rd. This year’s entrée will be Chicken Normandy, an autumn-appropriate dish made with white wine, apples, chicken and broth, topped with cheese and served over rice. (People with gluten intolerances: There is no wheat product in this dish.) The meal will also include salad, rolls, desserts, and beverages. As at our 2019 Luncheon (pictured), in addition to the meal the event will offer a variety of gift baskets on which to bid in our Silent Auction. This has been extremely popular in previous years and we’re happy to offer it again. We will also enjoy live music from talented pianist Jim Kemp, and attendees will be eligible to receive various door prizes. Our publications about local history will also be available to browse and purchase. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE, and received by Oct. 28th, as we have to give the caterer an exact count. Tickets are $20 per person when purchased by a member of the Historical Society; the price is $25 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased either online at our website or by mailing a check to our post office box. Visit https://www.fths.org/event/harvest-luncheon-and-silentauction/ to purchase tickets online, or mail a check (payable to the Franklin Township Historical Society) to FTHS, P.O. Box 39015, Indianapolis, IN 46239. We’re looking forward to having you join us for this enjoyable event! Come have fun while supporting the work of the Historical Society.

PLEASE NOTE that there will be no Open Hours at the Historical Society's Meeting House on Labor Day weekend, so that we ...
08/22/2022

PLEASE NOTE that there will be no Open Hours at the Historical Society's Meeting House on Labor Day weekend, so that we can let our volunteers have the 3-day weekend free. Thank you to those who came to yesterday's Open Hours, and all are welcome to visit us from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday Sept 18th, Saturday Oct. 1st, Saturday October 16th, or by appointment! 🙂

The Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce will offer a lunch meeting on Wednesday Aug. 10th from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Fr...
08/05/2022

The Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce will offer a lunch meeting on Wednesday Aug. 10th from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Franklin Road Library, where Nancy VanArendonk, president of the Franklin Township Historical Society, will give a presentation on area history. All are welcome; you don't need to be a Chamber member to attend. But since catered lunches will be provided, if you wish to attend please RSVP to [email protected].

The next Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce event will be  a lunch meeting on Wednesday Aug. 10th from 11:30 to 1:00 ...
07/27/2022

The next Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce event will be a lunch meeting on Wednesday Aug. 10th from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Franklin Road library, 5550 S Franklin Rd. The speaker will be Nancy VanArendonk, president of the Franklin Township Historical Society, who will give presentation on area history. Catered lunches will be provided, so if you wish to attend please RSVP to [email protected]. All are welcome; you do not need to be a Chamber member to attend.

Yesterday was the Franklin Township Historical Society's Steve McQueen event. The actor was born in nearby Beech Grove, ...
07/19/2022

Yesterday was the Franklin Township Historical Society's Steve McQueen event. The actor was born in nearby Beech Grove, and our Society hosted this in conjunction with the Beech Grove Historical Society. Steve Nontell of the Beech Grove society presented the program.

FREE EVENT! Join us at the Franklin Township Historical Society Meeting House, 6510 S. Franklin Rd, this Sunday, July 17...
07/14/2022

FREE EVENT! Join us at the Franklin Township Historical Society Meeting House, 6510 S. Franklin Rd, this Sunday, July 17th, at 2 p.m. for a special presentation on the life and career of actor Steve McQueen, who was born in nearby Beech Grove. McQueen was the highest-paid actor in the world during the 1970s, and is remembered for his iconic roles in films such as The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, and The Thomas Crowne Affair. After the presentation enjoy light refreshments as you browse the collection of artifacts in our 151-year-old building. Please park next door in The Creek's paved lot. This event is presented in collaboration with the Beech Grove Historical Society.

REMINDER: There will be no Open Hours at the Franklin Township Historical Society Meeting House on Sunday June 19th, so ...
06/18/2022

REMINDER: There will be no Open Hours at the Franklin Township Historical Society Meeting House on Sunday June 19th, so as not to conflict with people’s Father’s Day activities.

Please visit at the next Open Hours on Saturday July 2nd from 2 to 4 p.m., AND on Sunday July 17th when at 2 p.m. there will be a special presentation on the life of actor Steve McQueen, who was born in nearby Beech Grove!

06/16/2022

TAKE NOTE: The Franklin Township Historical Society will not offer Open Hours this Sunday, June 19th, as it's Father's Day and many people will be tied up elsewhere. Please visit during the next Open Hours, Saturday July 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00. Thank you!

We spent the day doing final set-up for the Franklin Township Historical Society's "Antiques & Rummage" sale fundraiser....
06/04/2022

We spent the day doing final set-up for the Franklin Township Historical Society's "Antiques & Rummage" sale fundraiser. Sale is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at 8822 Southeastern Ave, and most of the items available are name-your-own-price! Come check it out! 😊

The Franklin Township Historical Society is setting up for its "Antiques & Rummage Sale," to be held this Saturday June ...
06/01/2022

The Franklin Township Historical Society is setting up for its "Antiques & Rummage Sale," to be held this Saturday June 4th at the Civic League at 8822 Southeastern Ave from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The vast majority of the sale (including these Vera Bradley purses) is set-your-own-price! The items that ARE priced tend to be very reasonable. For instance, The Refined Feline item pictured here sells online for $219.99 and we have one new-in-box for just $20. Donation items (no clothing accepted) may be dropped at the Civic League Friday from noon to 6. Tax-deduction receipts will be available. No early sales.

05/25/2022
A reminder: The Franklin Township Historical Society's "Antiques & Rummage Sale" is returning! The Society's biggest ann...
05/16/2022

A reminder: The Franklin Township Historical Society's "Antiques & Rummage Sale" is returning! The Society's biggest annual fundraiser is this popular sale, to again be held at the Franklin Township Civic League building at 8822 Southeastern Ave. This year’s sale will be Saturday June 4th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donation items may be dropped off at the Civic League on Friday June 3rd from noon to 6 p.m. As in the past, tax-deduction receipts will be available if desired, and also as in the past, no clothing will be accepted, unless it is something of unusual antique or vintage status. If you have items to donate but absolutely cannot bring them on June 3rd, email [email protected] and we will try to make other arrangements if possible. We prefer that items be delivered directly to the Civic League, simply because we do not have the space available to store them in advance. Thank you for your donations and for shopping, both of which help to keep this Society functioning! 😊

Got stuff? Or want stuff? The Franklin Township Historical Society's "Antiques & Rummage Sale" is returning! The Society...
04/19/2022

Got stuff? Or want stuff? The Franklin Township Historical Society's "Antiques & Rummage Sale" is returning!

The Society's biggest annual fundraiser is this popular sale, to again be held at the Franklin Township Civic League building at 8822 Southeastern Ave. This year’s sale will be Saturday June 4th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donation items may be dropped off at the Civic League on Friday June 3rd from noon to 6 p.m. As in the past, tax-deduction receipts will be available if desired, and also as in the past, no clothing will be accepted, unless it is something of unusual antique or vintage status.

If you have items to donate but absolutely cannot bring them on June 3rd, email [email protected] and we will try to make other arrangements if possible. We prefer that items be delivered directly to the Civic League, simply because we do not have the space available to store them in advance.

Thank you for your donations and for shopping, both of which help us to keep this Society functioning! 😊

Greetings for a very Happy Easter, from the Franklin Township Historical Society! 🐤 And a reminder that our building wil...
04/11/2022

Greetings for a very Happy Easter, from the Franklin Township Historical Society! 🐤 And a reminder that our building will not be open for the usual third-Sunday Open Hours on Easter, so that our volunteers can spend that day with family and friends.

A class of University of Indianapolis students studying historical archaeology had quite a nice visit at our Meeting Hou...
04/03/2022

A class of University of Indianapolis students studying historical archaeology had quite a nice visit at our Meeting House and cemetery today. They browsed through items in the Meeting House before going across to the cemetery. Their professor had a list of info that they were to find on the headstones and in the cemetery as a whole, and we also provided them with our Society's sheets about the meanings of various headstone symbols.

Because Easter this year falls on one of the dates when Meeting House Open Hours are usually offered, the Franklin Towns...
03/31/2022

Because Easter this year falls on one of the dates when Meeting House Open Hours are usually offered, the Franklin Township Historical Society will not offer Open Hours on April 17th, so as to keep the holiday open for the volunteers to spend with friends and family. A Happy Easter to all! 😊

The Franklin Township Historical Society is getting ready to finalize its spectrum of 2022 events and activities. Is the...
03/05/2022

The Franklin Township Historical Society is getting ready to finalize its spectrum of 2022 events and activities. Is there something special that you'd like to suggest that we offer this year? 😊

Thank you to all who came to our Old Fashioned Christmas Sunday evening! We had 62 people in attendance -- fewer than in...
12/14/2021

Thank you to all who came to our Old Fashioned Christmas Sunday evening! We had 62 people in attendance -- fewer than in 2019, but not bad for a restart after having had to take a year off in 2020.

THIS SUNDAY EVENING the Franklin Township Historical Society Old Fashioned Christmas returns! 😃 Join us at 6:00 p.m. Dec...
12/09/2021

THIS SUNDAY EVENING the Franklin Township Historical Society Old Fashioned Christmas returns! 😃 Join us at 6:00 p.m. Dec. 12th at 6510 S. Franklin Rd for Christmas stories, holiday histories, candle luminaria, music from our original pump organ, carols, cookies & punch, and perhaps even a visit from St. Nicholas! This is a free event. PLEASE PARK AT THE SOUTH END OF THE CREEK'S PAVED LOT NEXT DOOR, as that church has kindly given us permission to do that and we would like to keep our gravel lot available for those for whom walking is difficult. Also, due to the the close quarters involved in putting this many people into our 150-year-old building, we ask that masks be worn during this event. Come join us! Merry Christmas!

Some members of the Franklin Township Historical Society went to lunch together Saturday and then visited the Irvington ...
12/07/2021

Some members of the Franklin Township Historical Society went to lunch together Saturday and then visited the Irvington Historical Society, which is housed in the lovely Bona Thompson Memorial building (the former Butler University Library).
This place is worth a visit, and if you go on a weekend in December you can enjoy their seasonal display of vintage toys and other holiday offerings!

Our Old Fashioned Christmas returns! 😃Join us at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 12th at 6510 S. Franklin Rd for Christmas stor...
11/23/2021

Our Old Fashioned Christmas returns! 😃
Join us at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 12th at 6510 S. Franklin Rd for Christmas stories, holiday histories, candle luminaria, music from our original pump organ, carols, cookies & punch, and perhaps even a visit from St. Nicholas! There is no charge for this event. PLEASE PARK AT THE SOUTH END OF THE CREEK'S PAVED LOT NEXT DOOR, as that church has kindly given us permission to do that and we would like to keep our gravel lot available for those for whom walking is difficult.

The Franklin Township Historical Society thanks all who came to the Ghostly Campfire Stories & S'mores event Oct. 21st o...
10/25/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society thanks all who came to the Ghostly Campfire Stories & S'mores event Oct. 21st on the Meeting House grounds. Our next open-to-the-public event will be the free Old Fashioned Christmas celebration, held at 6510 S. Franklin Rd at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12th.

REMINDER! TONIGHT, THURSDAY EVENING! The Franklin Township Historical Society will offer an hour of spooky stories aroun...
10/21/2021

REMINDER! TONIGHT, THURSDAY EVENING! The Franklin Township Historical Society will offer an hour of spooky stories around a campfire on Oct. 21st at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and should park at the south end of The Creek's paved lot before walking next door to the Historical Society grounds at 6510 S. Franklin Rd. Visitors will have the option to roast marshmallows and make s'mores.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, the event will be canceled, since it is to take place outdoors.

The Franklin Township Historical Society will offer an hour of spooky stories around a campfire on Oct. 21st at 6:30 p.m...
10/15/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society will offer an hour of spooky stories around a campfire on Oct. 21st at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and should park at the south end of The Creek's paved lot before walking next door to the Historical Society grounds at 6510 S. Franklin Rd. Visitors will have the option to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the event will be canceled, since it is to take place outdoors. (If you comment that you may come, it will help us plan how many marshmallows to buy! 😁)

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Hi! Just did some genealogy research.

My grandmother, Nita Barker, lived in Merthyr Tydfil. She was born in 1906. She had seven siblings: Edith, Priscilla, Esther, Lida, Benjamin George Jr., Gwendolyn and Joseph.

Her parents were Rev. Benjamin George Barker (1866–1946) and Eliza (Steers) Barker (1868–1950). Both were born in Birmingham, England.

The Barker family immigrated from Liverpool to the U.S. in 1909 entering Ellis Island.

Rev. Barker settled in Indianapolis between 1910-1920. He was the reverend for the People’s Congregational Church.

Just wondering if anyone remembers the family?
Is there any historical information about the Ebenezer Cemetery and/or an Ebenezer Church in Franklin Township? I have seen an Ebenezer Church mentioned, but the only one I can find any information for is the one at 1900 North Harding. Thank you!

In Recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam Conflict
Join Us in Honoring Beech Grove’s Vietnam Veterans
The Samuel Bryan Chapter has started their Vietnam Veterans Banner sale to remember those that served in Vietnam. The city of Beech Grove and the Samuel Bryan Chapter, NSDAR, are working together to display on Main Street city light posts starting in March of 2022 to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam Conflict.
A limited number of banners will be available, and submissions will be on a First Come- First Served basis. However, a waiting list for subsequent years will be created as the request are received.
The cost for each Banner is $125, plus an original photo 8 x 10 (preferred) or 5 x 7 is needed that will be returned when banners are taken down and given to the purchaser. Digital photos will not be accepted. Corporate donations will also be accepted for a purchase of a banner. The public can find forms at the American Legion, Beech Grove Library, Hornet Park Community Center, and the city offices of Beech Grove.
The perfect Christmas present that will last through next year and be treasured through the years to come. Memorable and unique for your veteran that is still with us today or has given the ultimate sacrifice. Let us always remember and honor our husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, and those few female military members that stood with our deployed troops.
Additional information and forms can be obtained through the Samuel Bryan Chapter, NSDAR, at their website:
www.samuelbryanchapterdar.com or can be requested by email: [email protected].
We are excited to be a part of this "Ride, Lunch, and Film" experience with the Franklin Township Historical Society and the The Historic Artcraft Theatre! Get your tickets before they sell out, at only $12 for trolley ride, popcorn & drink, and the movie, it's a great value!
I'm looking for a cemetery that use to be called Buck Creek Cemetery. It has been moved to what I have been told. I see that there was a Buck Creek Christian Cemetery. I do not think this is the same one since the family was buried in 1888. Any help is welcome. thank you
Acton In High School, heating and heating and ventilating photos from 1926
From Wiki,
The Acton school has been located on its same lot since 1875. The original school was a one story building. It was used until 1912 when a new two story school was completed. The two story building was used as a school until a new one story school was constructed in 1965, with extra classrooms and a library added in 1972.
Here is an old postcard I found of the "business district" in Acton. It is of Exchange street. If you look close there is a an old man with a hat sitting in front of the store. And a horse and buggy on the street. This is from around 1909.
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