Benjamin Franklin’s achievements in diplomacy, science, philanthropy and other fields profoundly influenced the path of a new nation and continue to inspire us more than three hundred years after his birth. Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, gives audiences the opportunity to explore the remarkable life and achievements of one of America’s most beloved personalities.
The panel exhibit consists of six sections of colorful, freestanding photo-panels, incorporating representations of artifacts and informative text from the original international traveling exhibition of the same title. The panels explore Franklin in the Boston of his youth, his family and personal life, as well as the years when he built his business as Philadelphia's premier printer. The exhibit also looks at Franklin's commitment to public service, his interests in medicine and public health, and his work in science and philosophy. Franklin's political career in England, France and the United States, and his contributions to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and other major documents are the subjects of the final two sections of the exhibit.
The national traveling exhibit is complemented with historical artifacts and rare books on loan locally from The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Dr. R. Ted Steinbock Collection. Items include a rare French first edition of Franklin's Experiments and Observations with Electricity (1752), a 1790 alabaster sculpture of Benjamin Franklin, and a piece of Colonial money printed by David Hall - Franklin's former printing partner - with a design by Franklin.
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Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World was organized by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, Philadelphia, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition for libraries has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.
The traveling exhibition is based on a major exhibition of the same name mounted by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth. The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary is a nonprofit organization established through a major grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to educate the public about Franklin's enduring legacy.