Monday, February 20, 2017

Franklin Cultural Council Grantee Reception - March 23

The Franklin Historical Museum is pleased to be hosting the Franklin Cultural Council Grantee Reception honoring their 2017 Grant Recipients on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00PM. All grant recipients and a guest are invited to enjoy entertainment and light refreshments as part of the evening’s schedule. Franklin Town Council Members, Senator Richard Ross, Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Jeffrey Roy and representatives from the Massachusetts Cultural Council are all invited to the evening reception.

The Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee is pleased to announce that it was one of the 2017 Grant Recipients. The grant will be applied to the upcoming 3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival.

 
Franklin Cultural Council    Massachusetts Cultural Council
Franklin Cultural Council    Massachusetts Cultural Council


"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Most Famous Irishman Who Never Was - Franklin Historical Museum - March 11


Local historian Alan Earls will deliver a unique two part program on Saturday March 11 that the Franklin Historical Museum. Earls will first discuss the arrival of the Irish in Franklin in the 19th Century– why they came, how they made Franklin home and the challenges they faced. 

He will then introduce Mr. Dooley – an “Irishman” who became the public face of the Irish in America. It was Dooley and his popularity as a political commentator that had much to do with the growing acceptance and appreciation of the Irish across the United States.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day the Franklin Historical Museum takes a look at the arrival of the first Irish residents to the town in the mid 1800s. With the help of former Franklin School Teacher Mrs. Nina Santoro we have determined that the first Irish residents arrived as early as the late 1840s. The first children born to Irish immigrants in Franklin had the surnames Mee, Robinson and Murray. The first Irish marriage recorded was that of George B. and Jane Robinson in 1853. And the first death, by a resident born in Ireland was that of 28 year old Mary Rourke, who died of consumption in 1851. 

To learn more about the arrival and influence of the Irish to the Town of Franklin and ‘Mr. Dooley’, please join us for Alan Earls’ enlightening presentation at 10:30AM, March 11th . Earls is the author of Franklin Then and Now (Arcadia Publishing)

The Most Famous Irishman Who Never Was - Franklin Historical Museum - March 11
The Most Famous Irishman Who Never Was - Franklin Historical Museum - March 11
The museum is located at 80 West Central Street and is wheelchair accessible.

Visit the Historical Museum online  http://franklinhistoricalmuseum.org/

Friday, February 17, 2017

Franklin's 239th Birthday Party


The Franklin Historical Museum will celebrate our Town’s 239th Birthday on Sunday March 5th in the museum library at 1:00PM. All are invited to visit the museum and share in the celebration.

Franklin’s rich history began with the establishment of the official town charter on March 2, 1778. The original founding fathers, with such names as Pond, Failes, Fisher, Metcalf, Hawes, Whiting, Partridge, Clark and Darling, to name a few, originally intended to name our town Exeter. Upon hearing of the exciting news that was just hitting the shores of our young country, these men scratched out the name Exeter and instead applied to establish the town of Franklin. This gesture was to honor Diplomat Benjamin Franklin who had just successfully negotiated a treaty with France as an ally against Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

So we celebrate the name, the man and our town each year, reminding ourselves of our place in history. To help celebrate, we invite all residents who share their March 2nd birthday with the town to join us. You will be recognized for your shared birthday and your own place in history. All residents are invited to join us for cake and coffee on Sunday the 5th at 1:00PM.

The museum is located at 80 West Central Street and is wheelchair accessible.

 Visit the Historical Museum online  http://franklinhistoricalmuseum.org/

Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum