Upcoming Events

DAVIS THAYER SCHOOL RETROSPECTIVE

July 2021 - September 2021

This exhibit honors the history of the Davis Thayer School Building alongside the students and teachers who occupied it for almost a century.

Since 2018, the Franklin Historical Museum has played host to a variety of speakers from around New England who cover a wide range of topics from the Revolutionary War to baseball player Eddie Grant. The series takes place on the second Sunday of every month and is free to the public. We hope you will join us for our next event!

The Second Sunday Speaker Series is supported by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum

Events at the Museum

Special Exhibit: Davis Thayer School Retrospective

July 2021 - September 2021

 

From its early years as Franklin High School to its repurposing as an elementary school, the Davis Thayer School Building served the students of Franklin for nearly a century. Join us as we celebrate the history of the school, the students it housed, and the teachers who educated them fro nearly a century!

 

Special Exhibit: Women in Franklin

February 2021 - June 2021

"Women in Franklin" pays tribute to all of the incredible women past and present who have had a positive impact on the Town of Franklin. It includes philanthropists Lydia Ray Pierce and Annie Ray Thayer, ladybug teacher Palma DeBaggis Johnson, swimming instructor Lorraine Metcalf, local historian Barbara Smith, and beloved English teacher Alice Wiggin. Come learn about their amazing lives and accomplishments, and that of many others, on Sundays from 1-4pm!

New Exhibit: The Clara J. Foss Memorial Federal Parlor at the Oliver Pond House

Opening: November 2020

The Franklin Historical Museum is excited to announce the opening of our newest exhibit: The Clara J. Foss Memorial Federal Parlor at the Oliver Pond House. This room, generously donated by James C. Johnston, Jr., exemplifies what living in Franklin's oldest home would have been like during the early 1800s. Come experience it for yourself today!

Special Exhibit: Elections in Franklin

November 2020 - January 2021

"Elections in Franklin" tells the story of presidential elections in the Town of Franklin, how the Town voted and how it compared to both the State of Massachusetts and the county as a whole. It also details fun facts about our past Presidents and their elections. For example, did you know that Martin van Buren was the first natural-born American to become President in 1837 or that Grover Cleveland is the only President to serve two terms that were not back-to-back? Come learn more on Sundays from 1-4pm!