Franklin Area
Historical Society
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Events and Programs
2018 Events and Exhibits

Franklin Art and Artists 2018 Summer Art Exhibit
will run through September 29, 2018. The exhibit will take place at the Harding Museum located at 302 Park Avenue in Franklin.

The art featured includes 1. Art created by current or past Franklin residents 2. Art created by attendees or employees of Franklin Schools. 3. Art depicting scenes of Franklin or that reflect life in Franklin. Works submitted include both adult and student art in a variety of media. 

We will also be showcasing two paintings of Franklin scenes from our collection, one by Ira Condit DeNise and the other by Effie Corwin Trader. See info at right.

Franklin City Schools is an in-kind sponsor of this event.

May thru Sept.: Museums open, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June through Sept: Summer exhibit at the Harding: Franklin Art and Artists. 

Sat., Sept. 15: 10:30 a.m. Ohio Open Doors event: Franklin's Historic Walls, Inside and Out. Franklin Area Historical Society will partner with Forever Franklin and the Franklin-Springboro Public Library on  Historic Walls, Inside and Out, a tour of some downtown sites and buildings. Tour stops include the Oneness Harmony Center (formerly St. Mary Church), the Museum of Spiritual Art, the historic windows at Franklin First United Methodist Church, and the large black and white aerial photos of Franklin that were formerly in the Huntington Bank lobby. Meet at the library at 10:30 to catch a bus provided courtesy of Franklin Township. 

Sun., Sept. 16, 2 p.m. It’s Worth How Much?? Trash, treasure, or you're just not sure? Find out at our Franklin Area Historical Society appraisal event, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Deardoff Senior Center. Bring your items and receive an evaluation from Frank Lewis and Sons Auctioneers. Many thanks to our event sponsor, Architectural Reclamation. Cost for appraisals is $10/each or 3 for $20. 

Ghost Investigation, Sat., Oct. 6, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Parallel Truth Paranormal Investigations will lead at ghost hunt at the Harding Museum. The cost of the hunt is $50 pp, with all proceeds benefiting the Franklin Area Historical Society. The hunt is limited to 15 people. Contact Mary at or 513-312-6208 to register. This event is for adults. Teen events are scheduled separately.

Sat., Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday Bazaar, Harding Museum.

Nov. date/details TBA: World War I Centennial program, 

Sat. Dec. 1, Ugly Holiday Sweater Reception and Music Reception. Harding Museum. Time 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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