150 Year Fire Dept. Milestone to be Celebrated at Museum


The Franklin Historical Museum Second Sunday Speaker Series on Sunday, June 12, will be marked with a presentation on the 150 year history of the Franklin Fire Department as they commemorate their founding in 1872. 

Fire photographs from the Stanley Chilson collection will be on display, and a presentation of interesting facts and figures recounting the early years from hand drawn pumper wagons, to horse drawn pumper wagons to today’s finest and fastest rescue apparatus. 

Do you know when our first fire station was built? Do you know which prominent Franklin family of the time funded the building that served our town for so many years? Do you remember the fire whistle signals? Join us and take a look back at the changes the years have brought to the Franklin Fire Department. Doors open at 1:00pm and the presentation will start at 1:15. Admission is always free and we are ADA accessible.


Strawberry Stroll, Ladybug Trail, and ARTWALK will start the weekend at the museum

The Franklin Historical Museum plans a busy June weekend beginning with a special Friday night opening June 10th. In conjunction with the Franklin Downtown Partnership the museum will be open from 4pm-8pm during the annual Strawberry Stroll celebration. The much anticipate Ladybug Cultural & Historical Trail will be dedicated that evening, on Main Street, as well. Stop by the museum to visit two points of interest on the trail, the Delegates Ladybug, which tells the story of the Ladybug becoming our ‘state insect’. And the Straw Hat Sculpture, sitting happily on the museum’s front lawn, which is a nod to the once thriving straw industry in our town. Learn a bit about the 2nd
grade Kennedy School class that went to the State House and learned about the legislative process of making a new state law.

Saturday morning, June 11 the LiveARTS string quartet performs at 10:30 AM as part of the Franklin ArtWALK Celebration sponsored by the Franklin Cultural District. Events around town during this 3-day celebration include live performances, art exhibits, family activities, a kick off reception and more. The Franklin Historical Museum is proud to once again host one of the many live performances for this event. For more information on the ArtWALK schedule visit www.franklinculture.org.

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