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Leander Reeve Homestead: Making History

The weekend of October 22 will mark the first annual hands-on-history fundraiser sponsored by the Leander Reeve Homestead 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 IowaContinue Reading

News from the Harriman Nielsen Historic Farm

Franklin County Fair Tours The warm temperatures did not deter over 200 people from touring the Harriman-Nielsen House during the Franklin County Fair. Many had not been to the house before and enjoyed learning more about the house and family. House Restoration Work The Beeds Mill #639 Questers has completed the house bathroom restoration project.Continue Reading

Harriman Nielsen Fall Festival

October 2, 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m. Food: Homemade bean soup Brat / Hot Dogs Coffee / Pop Pie / Ice Cream Music: Yupitsa Polka Band Two Juhls and a Gem Contests: Tall Corn Giant Pumpkin Cribbage Tournament Activities: 4-H Sponsored Games Garden Produce Sales Free Watermelon Pumpkin Carving Wagon Rides House Tours FleaContinue Reading

Annual Meeting 2011

Society Annual Meeting Time and Location Set Jack Porter, preservation architect from the State of Iowa Historical Society is slated to speak at the Franklin County Historical Society annual meeting. Mr Porter has toured several of our historic assets, and we are looking forward to hearing his comments about our sites and about his otherContinue Reading

Dr. Oscar Bryan Harriman

He may not have said, “The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it,” but Oscar Bryan Harriman’s life stands as a testament to that famous statement. Harriman was an intriguing combination of entrepreneur, humanitarian, and businessman whose life and accomplishments are closely linked to the history of Hampton. DuringContinue Reading

Ackley Tractor Enthusiasts Visit

Saturday June 6 Marv Fritz and the Ackley Lions Club made their annual tractor run.  They visited Whispering Willows, the REA Plant and the Old Stone House.  There were 28 tractors, lots of fellas having a good time and the visits were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Copies of the new book, “My First Tractor” whichContinue Reading

Board Member Got His Start at same time as REA Plant

Thanks to the Hampton Chronicle for these vintage clippings.Continue Reading

Letter from Iowa Museum Association Urges Involvement

We received the following letter and press notification for upcoming Iowa Museum Day. What action should FCHS take regarding the upcoming event? Dear Members: A press release was sent to statewide media today informing them that Governor Terry Branstad has proclaimed Saturday May 14, 2011 as Iowa Museum Day.   Statewide media folks have beenContinue Reading

You Ask, We Answer

We heard from Fran Wuhlbrandt and here are some additional corrections to the list of sponsors from her: Fahrmann Motors Earl Elliott Hatchery Manatts Mens Clothing And “probably” Franklin Farmers Service Co. Patterson Dry Goods Thank you, Fran, for providing the correct names. Fran asked, “Is the curtain at Maysville?  I do hope you don’tContinue Reading

New Exhibit Features County Filling Stations

Museum staff has been hard at work on two new exhibits. Pictured here – a history of filling stations in Franklin County featuring a few artifacts and many great vintage photos. The other exhibit, which is not yet finished, features Franklin County grocery stores. Staff is asking for loans or donations of any advertising orContinue 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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