Publications

The Franklin Township Historical Society offers a number of interesting and informative publications for sale. The books are softcover and are plastic bound (except for Apron Pocket Poems, “The Story of Acton Camp Ground” and Humble But Historic, which are stapled, and Historic Treasures of Franklin Township, which is in perfect binding). The books may be purchased at the Society’s Meeting House, 6510 S. Franklin Rd., during open hours, or at the office of the Franklin Township Informer, 8822 Southeastern Ave. You may also order by mail.

Send book orders to:

The Franklin Township Historical Society
P.O. Box 39015
Indianapolis, IN 46239

Shipping for all books except yearbooks: $6.40 for up to three books. For each additional book, please add 80 cents.

Shipping for yearbooks: $6.92 for up to three yearbooks.  For each additional book, please add $1.20.

Shipping for postcards: 75 cents.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to The Franklin Township Historical Society.

“Called Home,” The Pioneer Cemeteries of Franklin Township.

“Called Home,” The Pioneer Cemeteries of Franklin Township.

$25.00
(1999; illus., 243pp., index) Published with the aid of a 1998 Indiana Heritage Research Grant from the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Humanities Council. Contains more than 1650 burial records from the township’s 16 pioneer cemeteries, and records to 1935 from still-in-use cemeteries, with brief histories and photographs. More info →
Franklin Central High School Yearbooks

Franklin Central High School Yearbooks

$20.00
Most years available between 1951 and 1987. Please contact mlinne@hrtc.net prior to ordering to verify availability. More info →
Humble but Historic: The Surviving WPA Outhouses of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana. by Sylvia C. Henricks.

Humble but Historic: The Surviving WPA Outhouses of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana. by Sylvia C. Henricks.

$7.00
(2012, illus., 24pp.) Includes facsimile of period Indiana Community Sanitation Program Regulation Manual and Maintenance Rules. Illustated with photographs, drawings and diagrams. More info →
From Indian Trails to Interstates, A History of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana, for Young Readers by David T. Ostheimer.

From Indian Trails to Interstates, A History of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana, for Young Readers by David T. Ostheimer.

$10.00
(2006, illus., 77pp. index) To acquaint young readers (and others) with the beginning of our township history, towns, transportation, lifestyles, schools and churches. Illustrated with drawings by the author and photographs from the Township Historical Society files. More info →
From The Ash Grove: People, Places and Past Days in Franklin Township, Indiana by Sylvia Henricks.

From The Ash Grove: People, Places and Past Days in Franklin Township, Indiana by Sylvia Henricks.

$15.00
(2004) A selection of 50 columns printed in the Franklin Township Informer from the 1970s to 2004. More info →
A Scrapbook: Fact, Fancy and Photographs about Franklin Township.

A Scrapbook: Fact, Fancy and Photographs about Franklin Township.

$10.00
(2001; 53pp.) Celebrating our 25th anniversary, 1976-2001. More info →
“The Story of Acton Camp Ground” by Sylvia C. Henricks, reprinted from Indiana Magazine of History, December, 1970.

“The Story of Acton Camp Ground” by Sylvia C. Henricks, reprinted from Indiana Magazine of History, December, 1970.

$1.00
(illus., 19pp.) Gives the history of the popular church campground and Chautauqua site, 1859-1905. More info →
Apron Pocket Poems by Mildred B. Mahler.

Apron Pocket Poems by Mildred B. Mahler.

$3.00
(1980; port. 50pp.) Known as “Acton’s Poet Laureate,” Mahler wrote verses that are religious, nostalgic and community-oriented. More info →
An Autobiography: Recollections and Remembrances by Omer Joseph Smith.

An Autobiography: Recollections and Remembrances by Omer Joseph Smith.

$10.00
(1989, rep. 1997; illus., 150pp.) Smith taught, coached and was prinicpal at New Bethel/Wanamaker and Acton schools for 38 years. More info →
A Celebration of Learning: An Updated History of Franklin Township Schools.

A Celebration of Learning: An Updated History of Franklin Township Schools.

$15.00
(2010, illus., 110pp.) Contains updated information on township schools, including those constructed since the publication of Readin’, Writin’ and Rememberin’. Also includes photographs, information on noteworthy students, and teacher memorials. More info →
Readin’, Writin’, and Rememberin’, a History of the Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana, Schools.

Readin’, Writin’, and Rememberin’, a History of the Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana, Schools.

$8.50
(1988; illus., 89pp.) Contains old photos and information on early district schools, three early 20th-century consolidated schools, modern grade schools (current to date of publication), parochial schools, Franklin Township Middle School and Franklin Central High School. More info →
The History of New Bethel/Wanamaker, 1834-1984.

The History of New Bethel/Wanamaker, 1834-1984.

$10.00
(1984, rep. 1997; illus., 90pp., index) Contains a history of the town, schools, churches, businesses and residents. More info →
The History of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana, Area Old Houses.

The History of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana, Area Old Houses.

$10.00
(1982, rep. 1997; illus., 98pp., index) Contains photos and information on more than 300 houses in Franklin Township, many over 100 years old. More info →
My Home Town, a History of Acton, Indiana.

My Home Town, a History of Acton, Indiana.

$20.00
(1994; illus., 204pp.) Contains a history of the town, organizations, businesses, churches, and 76 families in Acton. More info →
Historic Treasures of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana.

Historic Treasures of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana.

$15.00
(1978; illus., 167pp.) Contains a history of the township and 80 biographies of early settlers and current residents. More info →
Franklin Township Postcards

Franklin Township Postcards

$0.50
Scenes of Franklin Township, taken from old photos or old postcards. More info →