The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society was held on Sunday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grandview Theater & Drafthouse.
Leslie Blankenship, a Trustee for the Franklinton Historical Society, presented Franklinton: Where Columbus Began. The Franklinton Historical Society was founded in 1993 by two women - one the president of the Franklinton Board of Trade and the other the president of Columbus’ downtown Neighborhood Association and the Chair of the Franklinton Area Commission. They believed a knowledge of local history could instill in residents a pride of place and could rekindle a community’s spirit.
At that time, Franklinton was known as the "Bottoms", a topographical term that had become a derogatory nickname angering residents. The women recharged the image of the “near west side” into “Franklinton - the first settlement”, given it was established 15 years before Columbus was founded.