Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation’s Summer Author Series gets underway Thursday


Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation’s Summer Author Series gets underway Thursday

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Three authors with passions for history, literacy and education will be visiting presenters at the historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation’s 2019 Summer Author Series at the Masonic Hall on Second Avenue in downtown Franklin.

Titled Pages, this summer series is designed to engage attendees with local history connected to national events as well as allow authors the opportunity to share how and why they choose their topics of interest and the relationships they build in community while researching and writing history.

The series starts Thursday at 7 p.m. with Civil War author and blogger John Banks.

“We truly believe our mission is to connect people with history, arts and culture, said Rachael Finch, . executive director of the Masonic Hall Foundation.

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 Williamson County historian Rick Warwick will be guest speaker at the July 23 event, while Mark Cheatham, director of the Martin Van Buren Papers, will take the podium Aug. 15.

The Summer Author Series is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall is located at 115 Second Ave. South. Free and accessible parking is located directly across the street in the Second Avenue South parking garage.

With construction by Masons lasting from 1823 to its completion in 1826, Masonic Hall has witnessed complex history.

Considered the only example of early Gothic revival architecture in Tennessee, the Franklin Masonic Hall is owned by the Masons of Hiram Lodge No. 7, the oldest, continually occupied lodge in Tennessee.  The Franklin Masonic Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is one of the 10 oldest Masonic Halls still standing in the United States.

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