Discover Franklin County's History
The Franklin County Historical Society and Museum captures the spirit and history of Franklin County.
Franklin County Historical Society
The Museum was originally built in 1911, one of about 2,500 of Andrew Carnegie’s library construction projects worldwide. The Museum’s functions are guided by state statutes to collect, preserve, and interpret a diverse range of objects, including artifacts, art, anthropology, and natural history. These collections represent Franklin County’s heritage, from prehistory to the present day.
Permanent exhibits range from paleontology, wildlife, and our unique landscapes to Native American history, the challenges of pioneers, and the growth of rail, river, and aviation industries. Temporary exhibits highlight a changing region and its people. Also in the building is a growing gallery of notable agrarian artwork, as well as a gift shop and bookstore with a local focus.
Regular public programs offer a range of opportunities to engage with the Museum. In addition to its on-site exhibits and programs, the Museum provides traveling exhibits, virtual field trips, and off-site programs.
Become a Member
Admission is free for members of the Franklin County Historical Society.
The additional benefits of membership include a subscription to our publications, including our quarterly newsletter, The Franklin Flyer. We also offer a 10% discount on our gift shop merchandise. Enjoy early access to events like field trips!
Applying for membership to the Franklin County Historical Society is easy. You can apply online or by mail. We offer annual or lifetime memberships.