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Franklin Historical Society to host 2 spring events

April 21, 2014

Franklin — The Franklin Historical Society will host two events this spring to welcome another year of community involvement and preservation.

The Community Chorus, a group of approximately 80 local singers, will host a concert at the Franklin Public Library on Saturday, April 26.

The concert will precede the society's annual membership meeting.

"We wanted to try to provide entertainment before the meeting to give back to the community," said FHS President Jim Luckey. "It's going to be a wonderful event, and I'm hoping to pack the house."

The Community Chorus members also perform individual talent through solos, ensembles and quartets.

The free event will include snacks, desserts and beverages after the performance.

The chorus will perform at 1 p.m. in the Fadrow room of the library, located at 9151 W. Loomis Road.

Newly-elected Mayor Steve Olson will open the annual meeting by talking about "his vision for the city of Franklin and the role of the FHS in it," Luckey said.

For more information, contact Luckey at (414) 421-6539.

Spring Barn Dance

The historical society will also host a Spring Barn Dance on Sunday, May 4, to raise money for the Elroy Wendt Barn project.

The spring dance will be the society's fourth fundraiser for the barn.

The Wendt Barn, built in the 1880s, is the society's latest preservation project. Since receiving the barn through donation four years ago, the society has been fundraising to reach its $100,000 goal.

"We've been doing a lot of fundraising and looking for volunteer work and services," Luckey said. "We are very close to having sufficient funds (to complete the barn)."

The barn was disassembled from its original location on Oakwood Road two years ago and has remained in storage until the society has enough money to rebuild it. The barn will ultimately serve as a museum for Franklin.

The dance will be held at The Hideaway Pub & Eatery, located at 9643 S. 76th Street, from 1 to 4 p.m. Local musical group "Vern and The Originals" will be performing.

"People really do dance," Luckey said. "Even I do once in a while."

The dance will also include door prizes, a raffle and a cash bar.

Advanced tickets are available at the Hideaway for $7 per person or $12 for two. Children under 7 years old will be admitted for free.

Tickets will also be sold at the door of the event for $10 per person or $15 for two.

For more information, contact Luanne Burdick at (414) 423-0065.

"We've had these dances in the past and have always gotten a good turn-out," Luckey said. "It's very possible our next barn dance will be in the actual barn."

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