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From the 2019 Town of Franklin Annual Report:

 

FRANKLIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

  The Franklin Historical Society would like to thank our volunteers and supporters. We strive to preserve and share our town's history. In 2019, our Memorial Day float was “the Spirits of Franklin”. The log cabin was open periodically during the summer. In August, a narrated walking tour in the village was held. In the fall, we hosted the Franklin Central School 5th grade at the cabin for a tour and pressed fresh cider. We have been working to better organize our collection especially all the newspaper articles. A photo archive and inventory of the cabin has been created including the new acquisition of the Round Oak stove. Maintenance to the log cabin chinking is ongoing. FHS now has its own website, www.FranklinVtHistorical.com.

We are proud to announce that Nancy Magnant received an Individual Achievement Award from the Vermont League of Local Historical Societies and Museums. FHS nominated Nancy in recognition of more than thirty years preserving and more importantly sharing the history of Franklin as part of the FHS. She worked tirelessly on many projects that have had a lasting impression. To begin with, Nancy worked on the committee that published “A History of Franklin 1789-1989” by Martha Towle. She was the primary editor and also contributed photographs and articles to the book. As the coordinator between the FHS and Franklin Central School, she has arranged many school tours to our historical cabin and in-class Franklin History presentations. She has held the position of FHS's Document Curator. She has also helped document various activities with her photographs. Nancy was also an important part of our Franklin County Historical Exhibition when fifteen county-wide historical societies gathered at the Franklin Town Hall to present an exhibit of their town's history. When the FHS participated in the Enosburg Fall's exhibition, Nancy brought her quilting expertise and equipment along with some of Franklin's historical quilts and taught quilting to everyone interested. She has also helped prepare numerous annual Summer Events brochures that list a historic photo and information along with summer activities. In 2018 Nancy’s vision of a staged production of historical characters from Franklin was presented and called THE SPIRITS OF FRANKLIN.

This year, the FHS, Haston Library and VT Maple Gift Shop will present the “One Town at a Time” documentary that explores Vermont through the lens of the 251 Club of Vermont (view a trailer for the film: www.onetownatatime251.com). We plan to open the log cabin during the summer periodically and by appointment. We hope to prepare a Summer Event Schedule. This is the anniversary of the Fenian Raid and events are being planned in Canada and Franklin County. The anniversary of the town clock is also coming up. We are in the early stages of a supplement to the “A History of Franklin 1789-1989” book. We have 30 more years to add and will be looking for articles for consideration. Another walking tour is being planned and you never know when the “Spirits of Franklin” will appear.

New members are always welcome. We meet the 4th Saturday of April-October 8:30 am at the Franklin Telephone Company office.

Respectfully, Kimberly Gates, President