Franklin Academy

Franklin Academy (HM142F)

Location: Franklin, NE 68939 Franklin County
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N 40° 6.057', W 98° 57.164'

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The Franklin Academy occupied this site from 1881 until 1922. It was one of six Congregational Church-affiliated academies in Nebraska. Others were located at Crete, York, Neligh, Weeping Water, and Chadron.

Over 2,500 students in college preparatory studies attended the Franklin Academy. Distinguished alumni include author Adah Patterson, Federal Judge Robert Van Pelt, and Dr. Frank Cyr of Columbia University, under whose leadership the standard yellow school bus was developed.

There were originally four buildings on the campus, now the Franklin city park: the main academy building; Stewart Hall, a boys' dormitory; Harrison Hall, a girls' dormitory named in honor of academy founder Reverend C. S. Harrison; and Dupee Music Hall, constructed in 1901. Dupee Music Hall still stands at its original site, immediately west of here, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Financial problems and declining enrollment due to the increasing number of public high schools caused the academy's closing.
HM NumberHM142F
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number329
Placed ByFranklin County Historical Society, Franklin Congregational United Church of Christ, and Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 3:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 504028 N 4438962
Decimal Degrees40.10095000, -98.95273333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 6.057', W 98° 57.164'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 6' 3.42" N, 98° 57' 9.84" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2307 Park Dr, Franklin NE 68939, US
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