Category Archives: Historical Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Summer Update

Donations: Historical Society: Lillian Lubkeman, Leta Chappel, Beverly Sperry for Ardyce Riis Family Harriman Nielsen property: Beverly Sperry for Ardyce Riis Family Old Stone House: James Alexander Memorial: Burnie Griemann Family Tours: REA Power Plant Museum: Deb Roberts Family Old Stone House: Dawn Oropeza from Iowa Cultural Affairs Angi Reid from Silos and Smokestacks FrancisContinue 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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