Historical society in Franklin expanding

FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Last Monday, an important symbol flown high with pride was stolen from outside of the Simpson County Historical Society.

On Wednesday, the pole stood bare. The society says the flag held even greater significance as it had once flown in Washington, D.C.

The president of the historical society, James Henry Snider, said they were amazed that out of all the things someone would steal, it'd be that.

"Now if I thought they were just patriotic and really wanted to fly it in the back of their truck or in their bedroom, it'd be one thing," Snider mused. "But you know, our fear is it was probably somebody that was just being vandalistic."

For now, Snider said they've gotten another flag to replace the old one with, and just need to put it up.

But that's not the only news going on for the historical society.

The nonprofit is continuing its work at expanding into the new Simpson County History Center.

The building itself, placed directly across from the Old Stone Jail where the current society is located, has its own part in history. In another time, it was used for a furniture store, a clothing manufacturer, and a motor company.

The jail will still offer free tours, but the new center will allow more room for studying the history of Simpson County and locals' own heritage.

"If we don't learn from our past, we're going to make the same mistakes again," Teresa Summers said, who is an assistant librarian for the historical society. "And Simpson County is a growing city and it's very rich in history, especially Civil War Time history, and it's very interesting -- the things that we have down here."

The historical society says they hope to have the new center open by June, in anticipation of Simpson County's Bicentennial celebrations this summer.

If you'd like to help the center complete the project, they are always open to help from volunteers or in donations. To do so, visit their location, at 206 N College St. in Franklin.

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