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"Franconia Remembers, Volume I"

Editor: Edith Sprouse

Publisher: Franconia Museum, Inc. (2003)


For the Franconia history buff, there is now a compilation of stories that is a definite add to the library.  It's entitled "Franconia Remembers" as the first volume in an ongoing series, this 64-page collection of stories was released in October of 2003.  According to Johna Gagnon, treasurer and Board member, Franconia Museum, Inc. "This was all done by Board members," she explained.


During a 2003 Town Meeting, sponsored by Lee District Supervisor Dana Kauffman, the museum had the book on display as a way to encourage membership. "We presently have about 100 paid members and about 50-plus associates," Gagnon said.


The soft bound treatise is divided into three parts. Part I deals with Franconia Elementary School from 1932 to 1982 and a look back at the first two years of Franconia School written by local residents Lynn Fitzgerald and Alvin Dennis.  Part II is composed of six separate stories by eight authors relating the experiences of early residents of the area.  Those featured include the stories of Margaret Facchina Sullenberger, Mildred Cooper Facchina, Oliver Lee, Julia Nalls Lee, Frances Staples, Ruth T. Nelson Glover Walker, Woodrow Wise and Helen Peverill Wise.  Part III is "A Memoir" by William Apperson Cooke, a long-time active resident.


The book was released on the Second Annual Franconia History Day, October 11, 2003, held under the aegis of the Museum. The purpose of the organization is to collect and distribute knowledge relevant to the history of the Franconia area.  As they stated in literature at their booth at the Town Meeting, "We, at the Franconia Museum, believe that you must know where you came from to know where you are going."


It is a treasure trove of personal anecdotes, photographs, and historical articles from the local community. The book offers a unique and intimate glimpse into the lives and experiences of the people of Franconia, bringing the town's rich history to life in a way that no textbook ever could. Whether you're a long-time resident, a newcomer, or simply interested in local history, "Franconia Remembers: Volume 1" is a must-have addition to your collection. Get your copy today and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the real history and real people of Franconia.



Franconia Remembers: Volume 1

SKU: FRM0103
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