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This website is dedicated to preserving the history of Franklin County, Missouri and to providing helpful information and resources to people researching Franklin County history and genealogy. It is not connected to any historical society or governmental body; however information about such organizations is included herein. The content is copyrighted and is not to be used without permission.

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Local History Course Offered at East Central College March/April 2012

Eight Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. - Tuition is $50 (tuition is higher this year but you get one more evening)

The proceeds from Sue's 2012 class will be donated to one of the local historical societies to purchase research material or equipment.

For enrollment information, call Sharon Witte at ECC (636-583-5193 ext 2410).

Thursday, March 1, 2012

7 p.m:

Sue Lampe will present Franklin County Women in Business in the Late 1800s. Millinery in the 1800s was a thriving business, so it is not surprising that many women who needed an income turned to that trade. It is also not surprising that skills learned in managing a home and family translated into success in other businesses as well, when circumstances necessitated a woman work outside the home. Meet a few of the Franklin County women who turned difficult times into business success

8 p.m.:

Joe Sonderman, author of Route 66 St. Louis, Route 66 Missouri Ozarks and Picks on 66, will whare his knowledge of Route 66 in Franklin County.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

7 p.m:

Sue Blesi will present information on the Mills of Franklin County Located on or Near the Bourbeuse River.

8 p.m.:

Steve Claggett will present The Live and Times of Ralph Gregory, Imminent Franklin County Historian.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

7 p.m:

Tiffany Patterson from Historic Preservation in Jefferson City will talk about preservation efforts in Franklin County. She will discuss specific local projects.

8 p.m.:

Jo Schaper - Join Geologist Jo Schaper on "The Wide Pacific Shore" as she discusses the geologic and human history of silica sandstone mining in Pacific and Franklin County.

Thursday, March 29,  2012

7 p.m:

Washington Museum Director Marc Houseman will present Fred Franke. According to his "seeming" autobiography, he was County of Liechtenstein among other things, and became an alcoholic.

8 p.m.:

Bernard Brown will present World War I as it relates to Franklin County.


Thursday, April 5,  2012

7 p.m:

Police Captain Dan Terry will present the History of the New Haven Police Department with a Focus on Three Shootouts and some of the Stranger Police Calls..

8 p.m.:

Leonard Butts will present Caves in the History of Franklin County.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

7 p.m:

Sue Blesi will present The First Public School in Franklin County. Even the most avid historian might be surprised to learn the location and details of this historic school.

8 p.m.:

Sue Blesi will present George and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Franklin County natives who made their mark on the world. The presenation will focus on their Missouri Years.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

7 p.m:

David Menke German Immigration – emphasizing the whys and wherefors of German Immigration to Missouri; some of issues in Germany in early 1800s that helped to promote a period of immigration and deal with some of hardships immigrants faced in establishing a new life in Franklin County.

8 p.m.:

Dorris Keeven Franke will present The German Influence on the Civil War in our area.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

7 p.m:

GregWolk --This acclaimed author of Friend and Foe Alike, A Tour Guide to Missouri’s Civil War, will present the Civil War, with an emphasis on Franklin County sites.

8 p.m.:

Franklin County Commissioner Terry Wilson, who spearheaded the Veteran's Hall of Honor project in the Historic Courthouse, will present The Skirmish at Vitt’s Mill.


This page was last updated Tuesday February 21, 2012 .

  Sue Blesi, Franklin County Coordinator, Missouri USGenWeb Project


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