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January 8, 2008

National Archives Holds an Author Lecture on Benjamin Franklin on February 13

Atlantic Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and his Visionary Friends, by Jack Fruchtman

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Washington, DC…On Wednesday, February 13 at noon, the National Archives will host a book talk by Jack Fruchtman, author of Atlantic Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and his Visionary Friends. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Jefferson Room of the National Archives Building, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

Ben Franklin was at the heart of the Enlightenment. Some of the greatest minds of that time—people whose ideas continue to shape how we live—were drawn to him. Jack Fruchtman examines these colorful personalities and documents important events of the time, including the debate that led to the Declaration of Independence and the abolitionist movement both in America and abroad. Atlantic Cousins shows how Franklin and his circle of friends shaped a remarkable period in history. A book signing will follow the program.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 357-5300.

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