Summer 2014 Exhibit: Franklin Schools.
Ever wonder how your grandfather, or even your great-grandfather or great-grandmother did in school?
Teachers' grade books dating back to the 1880s will be among the many items on display when the Harding Museum in Franklin opens for the season on Sunday, April 27.
The Franklin Area Historical Society, which operates the museum at 302 Park Ave., in Franklin, is featuring the Franklin school system as its major exhibit this year.
The museum is open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays and by appointment. It is located at 302 Park Ave. in the Mackinaw Historical District. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 12.
“Unlike other years where we have pretty much kept our featured exhibit on display in one room, we have so many items to display that we are using four rooms downstairs and one upstairs to show what we have,” said Dan Darragh, a member of the committee who put the exhibit together.
“In fact, we have so many items that we will probably rotate new items in throughout the summer,” he said. “We are hoping that once people come and see what we have they will go back home and dig through their memorabilia and bring it in so that we can show it too.”
The exhibit includes most of the school yearbooks, which began publication in 1947, the Acorn, which was a poetry collection published twice a year for more than two decades and programs from sports activities, graduations, band concerts and school plays.
Several people have also shared scrapbooks they kept during their school years at Franklin.
“One of the most interesting scrapbooks is one that John Roush kept during the 1960-61 school year when both the Franklin football and basketball teams went undefeated during the regular season,” said Darragh.
Other items include a microscope that was used by science classes in the 1940s and '50s, a variety of band and drill team uniforms, report cards, graduation programs and an entire room devoted to alumni memorabilia, according to Darragh. “We even have the dress Jean Creech wore to her prom in 1963,” he said.
“I believe that what people will really enjoy when they visit the exhibit is that we want them to spend some time looking through the items. This isn't a 'look but don't touch' exhibit. There are plenty of places where people can sit and look through a yearbook or any of the other items we have on display,” he added.
The exhibit may be of special interest to those classes that are have reunions this summer and appointments can be made to open the museum by contacting Mary Nenninger, (937) 743-5832, the museum manager.
Annual Meeting: Monday, June 9.
Former FAHS president Geoff Gorsuch will discuss Franklin in the Civil War. The program will be at the American Legion. Details TBA.
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