Franklin Museum, pictured above, not only houses the history of New Athens, but it is a lasting memorial of the small village’s history. What began as Alma Academy and later Franklin College helped educate state and national leaders, including John A. Bingham, who prosecuted President Abraham Lincoln’s assassins, plus a former African-American slave and several prominent women. Franklin College was lodged in five buildings before merging with Muskingum College in New Concord.

In this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald, we  not only look back at New Athens rich history, but also look forward, when the New Athens area welcome two big annual events on September 10-11, the 49th Annual Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion and the Eighth Annual Old Construction and Surface Mine Equipment Show. See this week’s print edition for event times and information.