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.


Now through May 14

“Historically Significant” Exhibit Grand Opening
Sunday, February 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Old Depot Museum (Free Admission)

The Old Depot Museum is kicking off the year with an interactive exhibit exploring the role history plays in who we are and how it shapes our communities. Explore your family history and draw your own family tree. Put on your historian hat and consider contradicting evidence presented in two events in Franklin County’s history. Take a closer look at how history impacts our communities through the preservation of historic structures and contributes to economic growth. Admission will be free to all visitors on Grand Opening Day. Refreshments will be served. Click here for more information about this exhibit.

March 2017

Genealogy 101
Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m.
Old Depot Museum

Have you wanted to explore the branches of your family tree, but you aren’t sure how to start? We’ll coach you through both online resources and the resources available through the Franklin County Historical Society. Admission is free to both the program and the museum that day! Click here to learn more.

Free Second Sunday at the Old Depot Museum
Sunday, March 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free for all museum visitors on the second Sunday of each month!


April 2017

New Life for Old Buildings: Meeting the Preservation Standards at the Old Depot Museum
Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.
Old Depot Museum

When the FCHS received a major ISTEA grant to restore and rehabilitate the Old Depot Museum, many decisions had to be made. Join architect Michael Cornwell for a talk and tour of the Old Depot Museum as he describes how the community came together to breath new life into this old building. Admission to the program is free.


Researching the History of Your Home and the People Who’ve Lived There
Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m.
New Location: Neosho County Community College, 900 East Logan, Ottawa, KS

Every building and piece of land has a story. Join Old Depot Museum manager Diana Staresinic-Deane for this fun program that will give you the tools you need to understand the history of your space. (Note: The program location has moved to NCCC’s Ottawa campus.)


Free Second Sunday at the Old Depot Museum
Sunday, March 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free for all museum visitors on the second Sunday of each month!



Under Renovation: Reid-Duderstadt House Tour
Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
306 South Elm, Ottawa, Kansas
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Most often, we tour historic homes after they’ve been restored or renovated. On this special tour, we’ll explore a work in progress. We’ll discover why the Duderstadt family wanted to invest in restoring this old home, the process of listing it on the National Register of Historic Places, and what it takes to bring a historic structure back to life. The Reid-Duderstadt House was built by Lyman Reid (1852-1923) in 1899. Built of the finest materials available at the time, this 6,000-sq ft structure still showcases original light fixtures, fire places, and decorative Lincrusta on the walls. The Duderstadts are generously opening their doors to this home to raise funds for the Franklin County Historical Society. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The House is located at the corner of 3rd and Elm in Ottawa, KS. Street parking and city lots are available within blocks of the house. Purchase tickets in person at the Old Depot Museum or through our online store. Read the media release here.

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