At the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall, we engage and explore topics related to its history and cultural heritage and a people whose footprints and presence remain within the walls and grounds of the Hall. Architecture. Politics. Fraternity. Society. Culture. Economy. Ideals and Intellectualism. By learning and understanding the times in which so many people engaged with each other, we may be able to make connections to a collective community.

lecture series


Pages is our summer author series. We are happy to welcome John Banks, Rick Warwick, and Mark Cheatham to the Masonic Hall to talk about their research and books. Talks are free to the public and are at 7:00 P.M. at the Masonic Hall.

Thursday, June 27: John Banks
Tuesday, July 23: Rick Warwick
Thursday, August 15: Mark Cheatham

Witness History

Witness History is a new lecture series created to engage and inspire articulate discussion, presented in a traditional seminar setting. Presenters will cover lesser known topics related to the Hall, the community, and how we continue to respond to change around us.

Candid Conversations

Building upon our original seminar series, Race, Realism and Reconstruction, this new discussion series will explore difficult histories in a more relaxed and intimate space, candidly conversing and participating on issues through supported facilitated dialogue and space.

“hands-on history”

Preservation Lab Workshops

Do you like to get your hands dirty? Do you enjoy discovery? Travel back in time with history in your hands! Our workshops are designed to demonstrate various building techniques of the 19th and 20th centuries. Skilled preservationists, craftsmen, architects and historians will lead interactive workshops allowing attendees to explore the Hall, touch pieces of historic interior and exterior findings, and ask questions like “How did they do that?” and “Why did they do that?”

For more information on our Preservation Lab Workshops, please contact us at

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