Community Programs

The FTHS offers a variety of educational and interactive programs to the community. Below is just a sampling of what we do!

Group Tours

School clubs, scout troops and other groups can schedule a private tour of the Meeting House, the Big Run Cemetery, and/or a guided walking tour of downtown Wanamaker with FTHS volunteers. These educational programs are offered free of charge.  To inquire about group tours, please email franklintownshiphistory@gmail.com.

Open Hours at the Meeting House

You are welcome to tour our historic Meeting House (6510 S. Franklin Rd.) and museum at your own pace from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday and the third Sunday of each month from March through October.  FTHS volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about exhibits or help you find what you’re looking for.  There is no admission charge (though donations are always gratefully accepted!).

Special Programs at Open Hours

Every month or so, we offer a special themed program during our usual Open Hours at the Meeting House. These programs usually involve a short talk by an expert in the field, as well as special exhibits or displays.  We may feature artifacts such as vintage postcards, antique toys, comic books, sports memorabilia or other items.

Cemetery Tours

At designated Open Hours, join FTHS board member Dana Crapo for a free educational tour of the Big Run Cemetery, located across the street from the Meeting House.  Learn about the symbology of the gravestones and the history of the families who settled here. This tour is free and open to all, but be advised that it requires walking a short distance over uneven ground.

Community Events

We also organize events for the public throughout the year.  Favorites include the Quilt Show (spring; biennial), the Bring-An-Item Antiques Showcase (summer; biennial), the Authors’ Fair (autumn; biennial), the Harvest Dinner (autumn; annual), Ghost Stories at the Meeting House (autumn; annual) and our Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration (winter; annual).  Many of these events incorporate guest speakers or educational presentations, and all are open to the public. Admission ranges from free to $15, depending on the event.