Family Picnic Day & Comedy Night

 Bring the kids to Family Picnic Day featuring fun and balloons with Dexter the clown and a recital by the Porch Music Students.   Food will be available from  the Log Cabin Food truck.  Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.   Free Admission.  Later in the evening, enjoy the comedy of Lon Wilson.  Bring your own beer or wine.  Non alcoholic beverages and home made cookies and snacks will be available for purchase.   Admission to Comedy Night is by donation.   Thanks to our Sponsors, the Edward Jones Offices of Merralee Obenrader, Christopher Rakow and Brian for their support.   Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Old Lutheran Church.  

Share Your Memories

Old Lutheran Church March 2000

Share your memories with us.  Did you or your family attend the Grace Lutheran Church when it was on the corner 11th and Buffalo Streets or attend the.Church when it became the Faith Holiness Church?   Franklin Preservation is seeking your stories, photos and mementos of the Church.   If you are willing to share your experiences at the Church, please contact us.

Week of Giving Donations will support Church Tower Restoration!

Franklin Preservation plans to start work on the restoration of the Church Tower this summer! You can help us raise $10,000 for this project by donating during the Bridge Builders Community Foundation Week of Giving when your donation will go further since it will be partially matched. Donate here March 18th to 22nd:

You are Invited to A Divine Intervention

Old Lutheran Church photo enhanced with comet and stars


Saturday January 12 5-9 PM at Miller Park B & B, One Park Way, Franklin

Join us for some post holiday cheer! Everyone is welcome!
Featuring Food For The Soul, Heavenly Music by Nat Licht on Baby Grand Piano! Sweet Temptations, Naughty Brews, Libations For Teetotalers Admission by donation. Valet Parking Available
Your generous donation will help us restore the Old Lutheran Church

Franklin Nights (and Days, Too!) Raffle Winners

Thanks to everyone who supported the restoration of the Old Lutheran Church by buying raffle tickets. Congratulations to the lucky winners:
Tim Speer – Kayak Julia Krebs – Bicycle Debbie Wiegel – B&B stay and Trails to Ales gift card, Cornelia Adams – Bella Cucina, Barrow Theatre and DeBence gift certificates, Merralee Obenrader – R*Bandana and Wine Walk gift certificates.

Tiki BBQ Party Fundraiser

Franklin Preservation invites you to a Tiki themed BBQ Party to be held at the Old Lutheran Church








The fundraiser will feature Ed’s Smokin’ BBQ with ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey and more from 5 – 7 pm. Bring your own lawn chair and your own beer or wine to the party.  Soft drinks and water will be available.  Canopies will be provided for protection from sun or rain.  Tropical Dress is encouraged.

From 7 – 9 pm, Gaetano’s Underworld Blues Band will play in the former church sanctuary.   Admission to the concert is by donation.   The band plays both blues standards and original tunes with jazz, funk and R&B influences.   A review by the Smokey Mountain Blues Society describes Gaetano “Tom” Letizia as an “extraordinary guitar player”, who transcends “many styles of playing to get out what he wants to play.”   Free parking will be available in the parking lot behind the First Baptist Church on Buffalo Street.    The fundraiser benefits the restoration of the Old Lutheran Church.

Preservation Award for Restoration of the Civil War Monument

Civil War Monument
Civil War Monument

The Oil Region Alliance recognized Franklin Preservation’s achievement in restoring the Venango County Civil War Monument with a 2017 Oil Heritage Region Historic Preservation Award.    Vice President, Dianne Hall, who led the restoration efforts, accepted the award at a ceremony held in Titusville, Pa. on May 20th.      Ms. Hall thanked Marlie Manning of the Venango County Historical Society for VCHS’s nomination of Franklin Preservation for the award and the Oil Region Alliance for its early support of the restoration project.