Historical society celebrates 75 years of preserving the past in Franklin County, KS

Franklin County Historical Society News Release

Contact: Deborah Barker, Director - Franklin Co. Historical Society
(785) 242.1232

75 Years of Preserving the Past

Ottawa, Kansas - In 1937, "The Plainsman," a film starring Gary Cooper as Wild Bill Hickok, played at Ottawa's Plaza Theater. Inspired by the movie, a group of Franklin County residents formed the Franklin County Historical Society to preserve local "Western History." 75 years later, the Franklin County Historical Society is commemorating this milestone anniversary with a symposium highlighting historical figures and events from the county's past.

Among the featured topics at the symposium is a presentation of Franklin County's Etta Semple by Vickie Sandell Stangl, a Political Science instructor at Wichita State University. Semple was founder of the Kansas Free Thought Association and publisher of "The Free Thought Vindicator," as well as a socialist, atheist, and feminist.

Other topics at the symposium include: Franklin County in 1937, Franklin County's Native American history, and Centropolis town founder Perry Fuller. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the Franklin County Historical Society's Portal Web site.

Franklin County Historical Society's 75th Anniversary History Symposium takes place on Saturday, April 28, at the City Commission chamber at Ottawa City Hall.

The event is supported by a KHC Humanities grant.

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