There Are Plenty of Ways to Celebrate Franklin's 300th: A Schedule of Events, Here and Abroad, Marking the Birthday of the Publisher, Printer, Writer, Philosopher, Scientist, Inventor, Statesman, Humorist, and Pre-Eminent American

By Sim, Jillian | American Heritage, April-May 2006 | Go to article overview

There Are Plenty of Ways to Celebrate Franklin's 300th: A Schedule of Events, Here and Abroad, Marking the Birthday of the Publisher, Printer, Writer, Philosopher, Scientist, Inventor, Statesman, Humorist, and Pre-Eminent American


Sim, Jillian, American Heritage


* Through April 30: Some 40 Philadelphia hotels are offering the Ben's Birthday Hotel Package, which includes one or two hotel nights, two tickets to the "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World" exhibition (see below), and the "Little Book of BENefits," a packet of coupons that offers discounts throughout the city. Book online at www.gophila.com/go/ben.

* All year long: Following in Franklin's Footsteps. Self-guided walking tours covering Philadelphia landmarks known to the Founder in his time. Starts at the site of Franklin's home, in Franklin Court. www.nps.gov/inde.

* Ongoing: If you're game for a longer constitutional, take the Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia. Explore 33 places in the city involved in the founding of the American nation. You can stroll independently or hire a knowledgeable guide. Among the many gems in and around Center City, see where Congress convened when Philadelphia was the nation's first capital, stand where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, and pay your respects at the Founder's final resting place. www.theconstitutional.com.

* All year long: Franklin Court and the Underground Museum This is the site of Benjamin and Deborah Franklin's home, where only a suggestion of the original house still stands in the form of an excavated foundation framed by a metal outline. The subterranean museum offers interactive and interpretive exhibits. www.nps.gov/inde.

* All year long: Ben Franklin 300 Philadelphia. The city and environs celebrate his life. Find out how at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism site. www.gophila.com.

* Through November 1: The National Liberty Museum, in Philadelphia, presents an exhibit of illustrated Maxim Mugs featuring Franklinisms and a themed tour. www.libertymuseum.org.

* Through September 24: Benjamin Franklin both charted the Gulf Stream and helped create our Navy. Discover all of his maritime adventures, and learn more about this early and important American seaport at Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum. www.phillyseaport.org.

* Through March 2008: "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World." This traveling show of some 250 artifacts and interactive displays honoring Franklin's legacy forms the centerpiece of all his birthday events and makes its only East Coast appearance at the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia. …

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