Franklin Area
Historical Society
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Events and Programs

More 2019 events

June 15: “Work Hard, Play Hard: Sports in Franklin” opens at the Harding Museum. Photos and memorabilia from some of Franklin’s top athletes. Continues through September.

August 10: Yard Sale at the Harding Museum

Sept. date TBD: Program event

Nov. 4: Holiday Bazaar at the Harding Museum.

Nov. date TBD: Program event

Nov. 14: Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours event at the Harding Museum, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 15: Holiday Home Tour. More details TBA. 

Effie Corwin Trader Oil Painting
Effie Corwin Trader, who was a painter and miniaturist, was born and Xenia and lived in Cincinnati. She studied at the Cincinnati Academy at at L.T. Dubé, in Paris. She painted a number of scenes in SW Ohio, including the Franklin Suspension Bridge. This work is on exhibit at the Harding Museum. Prints are available for purchase in several sizes. Trader is the sister of the founders of Clovernook School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where her work was recently exhibited. Email the Society for purchase info.

Ira Condit DeNIse Oil Painting
DeNise was born in Franklin in 1840 and showed an early inclination for art. He studied in both New York and briefly in Paris. Following the Civil War, he returned to Cincinnati and resumed his career as a landscape and portrait painter. He resided in numerous places including Italy and Florida, and painted local scenes. His portrait of Franklin was done in 1859 and shows the Village looking north. This painting was recently restored and is now on displayed at the Harding Museum. Prints are available for purchase in several sizes.
Email the Society for purchase info.

Rhese Watercolors
Local artist William B. Rehse painted a number of lovely watercolors of Franklin scenes. We have prints available for purchase in three sizes, 3" X 5" ($2.50), 4" X 6" ($3.00), and 16" X 20" ($15 unmatted and $25 matted). Sizes are approximate. Scenes include North Main St., Conover Building, Clock Tower, Prof's, and Fourth and Main. Email FAHS to arrange for purchase. Price does not include shipping. Download an order form.


Callahan Sketches
Local artist Trudi Callahan did beautiful sketches of area landmarks. We have four available as notecards: the Suspension Bridge, the Great Miami River Bridge (current lions bridge), the Harding Museum, and Cookie's Grocery. These are available at the Harding Museum. Notecards are $1.25 each or $10 for a set of 8 (2 of each scene). Email FAHS to arrange for purchase. Price does not include shipping.
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