Welcome to the Franklin Historical Society website. It is our goal to preserve and promote
Franklin's long, proud history. We invite you to visit the four historic buildings in Lions Legend Park
and participate in our community activities. New members to our nonprofit organization are always welcomed.
important dates in history
July 4, 2006
City of Franklin celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Franklin Historical Society becomes incorporated as nonprofit organization.
August 14, 1956
Franklin residents vote to incorporate as a city.
August 31, 1962
Franklin High School opens.
Groups interested in scheduling a free private open house tour click on our CONTACT US page.
Harvest Barn Dance SundayNov. 10 at the Hideaway Pub & Eatery 9643 S. 76 st. from 7 PM to 10 PM. Music by Vern & The Originals, dancing, raffles and a lot of fun. Tickets in advance $7 per person or $12 per couple at Hideaway or calling Luanne Burdick at 414-423-0065, or at the door $10 per person or $15 per couple.. All proceeds will go for the FHS barn raising project.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas - On Saturday December 14 there will be three non-denominational Christmas services held at several times: 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM in our St. Peters Chapel in Lions Legend Park. After each service, cookies, snacks and beverages will be served in the Old Town Hall. Live music and song of the season will be enjoyed by all.
All five of our historic buildings will be opened for touring. Please join us for the wonderful family event.
Children's Christmas Program - Saturday Dec. 14 - Children in grades 1-6 are invited to celebrate the Christmas season by making decorations for the Whelan School and trimming the school Christmas tree on Saturday Dec. 7, 10 Am to 3 PM. They will also learn poetry and songs of the season typical of the early 1900’s in preparation for the One-Room School Christmas Program to be presented on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 PM. Please make reservations by Tuesday Dec. 3rd .
Contact Luanne Burdick (423-0065). Sue Gawrisch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Barbara Pforr (email@example.com).
Children will present a One-Room Christmas Program at 3 PM as part of the Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration on Saturday Dec. 14th. Whelan School will be open for viewing following the first St. Peters Chapel Service at 4 PM.
The Franklin Historical Society seeks to preserve and foster appreciation of local history and to maintain living museums for educational and community enrichment.
The franklin historical society
The Franklin Historical Society evolved from an adult education class taught by Al Block, Director of Instruction, at Franklin High School in January 1969. Dennis Horvath served as acting chairman when the FHS was organized on February 5, 1969, and the first board of directors was elected that April with John Kamper as president. The Society was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in July 1969 and became an affiliate of the Wisconsin State Historical Society the following year.
Delikat Smokehouse Dedication
On Sept. 15 the FHS dedicated our newest building a smokehouse we used for a great cookout.
Saturday August 24 the FHS hosted a Barn-Raising Social in our historic village.
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Please send donations for the barn raising to:
Franklin Historical Society Barn Raising Project PO Box 320012 Franklin, WI 53132
Fourth of July Surprise Wedding
On the 4th of July Mary DeMotto and Neil Verburgt were married in the FHS St. Peters Chapel. Neil and Mary hosted an annual 4th of July picnic for family and friends. Other than their children the wedding remained a secret to everyone until their guests arrived for what they thought was just a picnic. Please follow the link below to our story page for an interesting story written by Judy Scherrer about this wedding.
Ring that School Bell!
Ken Gawrisch & Steve Gyuro repairing the Whelan School bell
Through the efforts of Ken Gawrisch and Steve Gyuro the Whelan School bell on the roof will be ringing away at the start of our grade school program this fall. A special thank you goes out to the current teachers of the Whelan Educational Experience - Barbara Pforr, Luanne Burdick, Sue Garwrisch and current assistants Sheri Coulter, Ginny Dekker, Cathy Lange, Del Lester. Judy Scherrer. Anita Nickerson, Kathy Milanowski, Dale Pforr & Ken Gawrisch.
The Franklin Historical Society has completed the careful dismantling of the historic Wendt Family barn.
Click here to read more about this project.
Whelan School Living History Experience
Teachers are invited to sign up their elementary class for a day of learning in a rural one room school setting. Contact Barbara Pforr at Bap4@earthlink.net for more details.
Couples interested in a quaint chapel wedding ceremony are welcomed to rent the St. Peters Chapel for such a service. The chapel holds up to 50 guests and an organist is available if requested. For reservations, contact Barbara Pforr at Bap4@earthlink.net.
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