The public is invited to a presentation by the Franklin Historical Society on the history of Franklin’s Memorial Hall, now more commonly known as Franklin’s City Hall and Opera House.
Built in 1892-93, specifically as a memorial to those who fought and died in the Civil War, it also functioned as a town hall and entertainment and social venue. A room upstairs, almost pristine from the days it was used as a meeting place for local veterans around the turn of the last century, was dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic and still contains artifacts from Civil War battles.
The Opera House portion was always intended to be a utilitarian space, the uses of which were most varied.
Later expanded to include those from Franklin who defended the U.S. in other conflicts (The Boxer Rebellion, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam), Memorial Hall should always be remembered first as a building erected to honor those who served, and paid the ultimate price for their country.
Please RSVP to Becky at 677-4194.