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The Johnston Historical Society was formed by a group of historically minded residents in the late 1970s. They had previously been members of the Johnston Bicentennial Committee/Farnum House Committee which, of course, had come together to celebrate the nation’s 200th anniversary. The founders of the society saw the need for a permanent organization whose purpose would be to research and preserve the town’s history. In the early 1980s the group met in what was then called the Farnum/Angell