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Victorian Mourning Customs Featured at Fair

The Franklin County HIstorical Society (FCHS) invites attendees of the Franklin County Fair to meet a Victorian lady in mourning as interpreted by Franklin County native, Wendy (Meyer) Zohrer. Zohrer will be wearing mourning dress appropriate to a widow in the late 1800’s. She will display and interpret family mourning jewelry, remembrance cards, and additionalContinue Reading

Summary Notes of the Board Planning Meeting

Board members met with an outside planning professional to discuss strategic issues faced by the society. Read the notes from that meeting by clicking here. The board will be addressing such issues a size, flexibility, by-laws, acquisitions policy and more in the coming year.Continue Reading

Notes from the Editor

We are in the process of reorganizing the website and having a grand time of it! Do you have suggestions?  We’d like to hear them.  Email info@historyinfranklincounty.orgContinue Reading

Machinery Hall

We are in the process of organizing a new machinery hall.Continue Reading

Museum Visitor Shares Photos

August 4, 2012 Dear Franklin County Historical Society, While at the Franklin County Fair a couple of weeks ago, I saw a nice display of some old service station pictures, so I have these from when my Dad ran the D-X station on the northeast corner of 3 & 65. He was at that locationContinue Reading

Original Engineering Firm Provides Speaker

Dean C. Stange, Senior Engineer of the Stanley Group presented a history of rural electrification to society members gathered for the annual meeting on September 11, 2012. I have added a menu item to this site. Click “Rural Electrification” to access Stange’s complete remarks and additional source materials he provided. Stange’s remarks were summarized inContinue Reading

Admiral Leahy

There’s a committee working on creating a memorial to Admiral Leahy.   Lt. Paul Mathews has been working for the past year on bringing some of the Admiral’s letters, pictures, his desk and a 1/48 replica of the ship named after him. Currently, we are still in the investigative stage of the process. Here isContinue Reading

Jack Porter’s Presentation

Jack Porter, Preservation Consultant for the State of Iowa Historic Society, spoke at our Annual Meeting.  You can view his presentation by clicking here.  Continue Reading

Making History at the Old Stone House

The weekend of October 22 will mark the first annual hands-on-history fundraiser sponsored by the Leander Reeve Home Committee of the Franklin County Historical Society. The event, Making History, will allow attendees to try their hand “making history” when they participate in various activities and handicrafts that were routine parts of life in rural Iowa inContinue Reading

News from the Museum

1353 people signed the guest book at the Museum during the Fair. The following locales were represented: Canada Iowa New Mexico United Kingdom Kansas North Carolina Arizona Michigan Ohio California Minnesota Oregon Colorado Missouri Texas Florida Nebraska Washington, D.C. Illinois Nevada Washington Indiana New Jersey WisconsinContinue Reading

History Begins Here

The Museum is open from January 15 through November 15: Monday - Friday, 1 to 4. 

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is also open Sunday 1 to 4.

We will happily open at other times by appointment. Send an e-mail any time, call during regular museum hours, or during off hours, call Franklin County Tourism at 1 641 456 5668.

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