Monday, May 20, 2019

Franklin Historical Museum: EXPLORING STONE WALLS - Jun 9

Our Second Sunday Speaker Series continues with EXPLORING STONE WALLS. Robert M. Thorson, Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut, will present a program of images, stories, and readings based on his three books on New England's fieldstone walls, the region's signature landform. After reviewing their deep history, cultural geography, and dryland ecology, he will focus on the clues you can use to interpret your own favorite walls. He will conclude with a message from Henry D. Thoreau for reverencing stone.
Robert M. Thorson
Robert M. Thorson

Copies of Thorson's books on stone walls and Thoreau will be available for purchase and signing as a fund-raiser for the museum. Thorson, a Midwestern native turned western geologist turned eastern academic, is coordinator of the Stone Wall Initiative. Recently he has become a book reviewer for the journal Environmental History, the Wall Street Journal and Orion. This promises to be a very interesting and educational talk. Join us at 1:10 PM, Sunday, June 9. The Second Sunday Speaker Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum.

On Friday, June 14 the museum is happy to participate in the annual Strawberry Stroll. We will open our special Summer exhibit, Victorian Secrets. Bloomers, chemise, corset covers, camisoles, petticoats, hoop skirts and more. It took an awful lot of layers to properly dress a fashionable Victorian lady. View garments from the museum's collection carefully prepared and beautifully displayed. The special Friday night opening coincides with the Downtown Partnership's annual Strawberry Stroll. Enjoy refreshments on the front porch and live music by local entertainer, Kai Olsson.

Now available for sale in the museum gift shop, Franklin collectibles by the Cat's Meow. Three styles are presently available for $18 each: The Red Brick School, The Franklin Library and the Downtown Train Station. They are great gift ideas for anyone who loves Franklin's landmarks. Come in and get them while they last. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum.

The museum has resumed our summer hours, Thursday evenings 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Saturday mornings 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and Sunday afternoons 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. 

We are wheelchair accessible, admission is always free, and donations are always welcome. Come in and find your history!

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