On Sunday, Jun 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will meet at the historic Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 7 to hear historian Rachael Finchspeak on the history of the building before, after, and during the Battle of Franklin. There will also be a display of historic artifacts.
Hiram Masonic Lodge is one of Franklin’s oldest structures and a key witness to both the Civil War and Reconstruction. Founded in 1809, it is the oldest lodge in continuous use in Tennessee. The site of the signing of the Treaty of Franklin in 1830, it was used as a hospital for the wounded after the Battle of Franklin.
Finch is a Research Historian for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and works on many heritage related projects including a partnership with the Hiram Masonic Lodge. She conducts research and writes text for the Civil War Trails program, speaks at teacher workshops encouraging innovative approaches to better understanding of the Civil War period, and works to improve communication between historic sites and preservationists.
Finch received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Metropolitan State University in Denver and received her M.A. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. She has served as research consultant for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and Nashville Public Television documentary, “Desperate Days: Last Hope of the Confederacy” and has authored numerous history related magazine articles.