From Cabins to Condos
"From Cabins to Condos," published in 2006 to commemorate the City of Franklin's 50th Anniversary, takes readers on a nostalgic journey through Franklin history, tracing its roots from a rural farm community in the 1830s to becoming one of the most rapidly growing areas in the State of Wisconsin.
The 208-page soft-covered anthology examines Franklin's origins from the Wisconsin Territory of 1836 when the first settlers arrived from Ireland and were followed in quick succession by Dutch and German immigrants. Highlighted by anecdotal histories submitted by heirs of many long standing Franklin families, "From Cabins to Condos" gives readers a taste of life in rural America. Supplemented with dozens of photos, this publication also details the schools, churches, government and businesses that emerged to meet the demands of Franklin's evolution from a sleepy rural hamlet to a progressive suburban community.
It is a must read for anyone who understands the value of preserving local history to gain an appreciation of the hard work and dedication of their ancestors who laid the groundwork for the opportunities we enjoy today.
If you wish to purchase "From Cabins to Condos" for $20, please send your payment, along with your mailing address to Franklin Historical Society, PO Box 300012, Franklin, WI 53132 or click the link below and pay with Paypal or credit card.
They Came to Bowl
Published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, "They Came to Bowl" traces bowling's heritage from its early German roots to the sport that made Milwaukee famous. Covering both sport and city, this book looks at bowling from the taverns and saloons that housed recreational games to the sell-out crowds and million-dollar beer sponsorships of televised tournaments. Author Doug Schmidt employs wide-ranging research and interviews with popular players to chart the changing face of bowling over the century. Packed with memorable showdowns and improbable heroes, this authoritative text will take you to the lively lanes of Milwaukee--and illuminate the sport as a whole.
The book retails for $24.95 and can be purchased at Barnes & Noble bookstores or by calling Doug Schmidt at (414) 529-1965.
Join the Franklin Historical Society
The Franklin Historical Society needs your support. The annual membership fee is just $15 per person or $25 per family. Seniors (anyone who is 65 or older) pay just $10 per year. Other options are individual life memberships for $150 and family life memberships for $500.
To sign up you can:
- Send a check for the proper amount to the Franklin Historicial Society, PO Box 320012, Franklin, WI 53132
- Contact one of our executive officers listed on the Contact page
- Click the link below and pay with Paypal or credit card.
What you get for becoming a member
What are the benefits of joining the Franklin Historical Society? Sign up and you will receive:
- A quarterly newsletter highlighting news about progress of various committees dedicated to preserving and promoting Franklin history.
- Invitations to special events and open houses sponsored by the Franklin Historical Society.
- Opportunities to volunteer your services to advance historic preservation activities in the community.
- Opportunities to share your talents and skills.
- AND you become a member of the Milwaukee County Passport program