Upcoming Events

Franklin County Historical Society
2017 Hours and Events

Old Depot Museum in April2017 Old Depot Museum Hours:
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CLOSED New Year’s Day (January 1), Annual Meeting Day (January 22), Easter (April 16), Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving (November 23-24), Christmas Eve (December 24), Christmas Day (December 25), New Year’s Eve (December 31)

Dietrich CabinDietrich Cabin: 
The cabin can be opened by appointment. Please call (785) 242-1232. Public events will be announced soon.

 

 

Franklin County Records and Research CenterFranklin County Records and Research Center:
Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed for national and county holidays.

 

June 4 through August 20

Exhibit Grand Opening
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Old Depot Museum, Ottawa, Kansas

The Old Depot Museum’s newest exhibit, “Crossings: Getting Over, Around, and Through Water in Franklin County” explores our relationship with the Marais des Cygnes River. Join us for the grand opening. Refreshments, live music by Larry Lintner, and water taste-testing will be part of this free program.

The exhibit includes a large floor map of the Marais des Cygnes River, which spans the 34’-long exhibit room at a scale of 18 inches equaling a mile. Visitors are invited to walk the river and study places where historic roads and current bridges cross the waters as well as find other features, like dams, fords, and “the Island.” The exhibit will also feature a clevis from the original 1869 Main Street suspension bridge, audio recordings of 1951 flood survivors, and the development of the flood control project. Learn more about this exhibit here. 

“Crossings” is made possible thanks in part to a Water/Ways partner site grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Support for the Water/Ways initiative has been provided by the Sunflower Foundation. Additional community support for the Old Depot Museum’s exhibit comes from the former Franklin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ottawa Library, City of Ottawa, Franklin County GIS, and Water Systems Engineering.

Marais des Cygnes River Valley. (Photo by Kmusser – Self-made, based on USGS data.)

Water for Tomorrow: A Long-Term Vision for Water Supply in Central Kansas
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7 p.m.
Neosho County Community College, Ottawa Campus

What can we do to ensure we have clean, safe water now and in the future?  Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office will talk about the KWO’s long-term vision for water in Central Kansas. This program is offered in conjunction with our summer exhibit. It is free and open to the public!

 

The Naked Voters & Tinnon v. Ottawa School Board
Part of the 2017 Lunch & Learn Series
Thursday, June 15, Noon
Franklin County Research & Records Center, Ottawa, KS

For this year’s Lunch & Learn series, Deborah Barker is sharing the top ten stories she’s discovered in 27 years of researching Franklin County history. This week’s session includes The Naked Voters–a group of men who stripped naked in order to cross flooded water to vote at the nearest polling station–and Tinnon v. Ottawa School Board, one of the earliest anti-school segregation cases to be heard by the Kansas Supreme Court. Beverages will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch! This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Records Center at (785) 242-1232.

Tours of the City of Ottawa Water Treatment/Reclamation Plants
Friday, June 16, 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
Ottawa Water Treatment Plant

More information coming soon! For safety reasons, space is limited and registration will be required.

Ben and Theodora Jenness & The Auditorium Ghost
Part of the 2017 Lunch & Learn Series
Thursday, June 22, Noon
Franklin County Research & Records Center, Ottawa, KS

For this year’s Lunch & Learn series, Deborah Barker is sharing the top ten stories she’s discovered in 27 years of researching Franklin County history. This week’s session includes the story of Ben and Theodora Jenness–a man of all trades and the first fiction author from Franklin County–and the famous ghost that haunts the Ottawa Memorial/Municipal Auditorium. Beverages will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch! This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Records Center at (785) 242-1232.

Ray Hartshorn, Circus Man & Henry James at the Battle of Black Jack
Part of the 2017 Lunch & Learn Series
Thursday, June 29, Noon
Franklin County Research & Records Center, Ottawa, KS

For this year’s Lunch & Learn series, Deborah Barker is sharing the top ten stories she’s discovered in 27 years of researching Franklin County history. This week’s session includes the story of Ray Hartshorn–a circus man who survived being gassed in WWI and a train crash and jumping out of hot air balloons–and Henry James, the pro-slavery son of a Sac and Fox agent who joined the Confederacy. Beverages will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch! This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Records Center at (785) 242-1232.

Tommy Simpson v. Leod Wilson & Letter from the Sac & Fox Agency
Part of the 2017 Lunch & Learn Series
Thursday, July 6, Noon
Franklin County Research & Records Center, Ottawa, KS

For this year’s Lunch & Learn series, Deborah Barker is sharing the top ten stories she’s discovered in 27 years of researching Franklin County history. This week’s session includes the story of Tommy Simpson v. Leod Wilson–two men who both claimed to be the first African American graduate of Ottawa High School (only one is right), and an amazing letter regarding the Sac & Fox Agency. Beverages will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch! This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Records Center at (785) 242-1232.

Irrigation in Kansas, presented by Jay Antle
Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m.
Neosho County Community College, Ottawa Campus

More information on this program will be available soon!

Chief Esh-ton-a-quat in London & Mrs. Filson and the Indian Council
Part of the 2017 Lunch & Learn Series
Thursday, July 13, Noon
Franklin County Research & Records Center, Ottawa, KS

For this year’s Lunch & Learn series, Deborah Barker is sharing the top ten stories she’s discovered in 27 years of researching Franklin County history. This week’s session includes the story Swan Creek & Black River Chippewa Chief Esh-ton-a-quat’s trip to London and Mrs. Filson, who opened a school at the Hickory Street crossing before Ottawa was founded. Beverages will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch! This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Records Center at (785) 242-1232.

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