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December 14, 2005


January 17, 2006, is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin.

Ben Franklin's 300th Birthday Celebration
January 17, 2006 - Ben Franklin Tercentenary

Benjamin Franklin was one of the most extraordinary men of the generation that founded the United States. Around the world, he remains one of the best-known Americans who ever lived. Benjamin Franklinís achievements include his literary work, his creation of philanthropic and educational institutions, his significant scientific explorations, and his service to the Nation as statesman and diplomat. He is considered the founding father of printing in America. Benjamin Franklin was the only American to sign all 5 enabling documents of the United States.

America has never forgotten Benjamin Franklin because he wrote things worth reading, and did things worth writing. He became famous for being a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, and an economist. Today, we honor Ben Franklin as one of our Founding Fathers and as one of America's greatest citizens. America. Although he was born in Boston, the city of Philadelphia is remembered as the home of Ben Franklin. In Philadelphia, you can find both Ben's gravesite and the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial at the world famous Franklin Institute, as well as his educational legacy, the University of Pennsylvania.

On February 5, 1824, Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. The Franklin Institute's purpose was to honor Ben Franklin and advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, more than one hundred and seventy five years after the Institute's founding, The Franklin Institute Science Museum continues to offer new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would both amaze and delight Mister Benjamin Franklin. Click Here for a calendar of Ben's Birthday events in Philadelphia and at the Franklin Institute as well in many parts of the country and the world.

Benjamin Franklin 300

Ben Franklin 300 Philadelphia refers to the year-long commemoration of Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday in Philadelphia and its Countryside. The celebration will run from fall 2005 through 2006, and will focus on the world premiere of the international traveling exhibition, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World at the National Constitution Center. It is being coordinated by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, and will include an array of complementary exhibitions, lectures, symposia, concerts and special events, and offers at many of the region's historical and cultural organizations, restaurants, and hotels. Click Here to go to the official Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary website at BenFranklin300.org.

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