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February 27, 2012

National Archives Marks New Franklin Exhibition with Special Programs in March

"Benjamin Franklin:  In Search of a Better World" explores life of enigmatic, creative genius

Washington, DC…In March, the National Archives presents special programs inspired by the electrifying new exhibition, Benjamin Franklin:  In Search of a Better World, on view through May 6, 2012, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. These programs are free and open to the public, and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street.

Thursday, March 8, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater
Benjamin Franklin, Part One

In conjunction with the Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World exhibition, the National Archives presents the 2002 PBS documentary that chronicles Franklin’s later years as diplomat and revolutionary leader. Part Two will be shown on March 15 at noon. (110 minutes.)

Thursday, March 15, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater
Benjamin Franklin, Part Two

In conjunction with the Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World exhibition, the National Archives presents the 2002 PBS documentary that chronicles Franklin’s later years as diplomat and revolutionary leader. Part One will be shown on March 8 at noon. (110 minutes.)

Wednesday, March 21, at noon, Washington Room
Benjamin Franklin in the Records of the National Archives

Exhibition curator Michael Hussey discusses the National Archives documents featured in the exhibit “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” currently on display in the O'Brien Gallery.

About Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

Founding Father, scientist, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Ben Franklin was at the heart of the Enlightenment. He and his circle of friends shaped a remarkable period in history. Learn more about the many sides of Benjamin Franklin and discover his impact on the world in this fascinating, interactive exhibition organized by the Minnesota Historical Society. The exhibit is free and open to the public. “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World” is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives with generous support from the General Motors Foundation.

Benjamin Franklin:  In Search of Better World-related products -- including items featuring some of Franklin's many timeless quotes -- will be featured in the Archives Shop. All Archives Shop proceeds support the National Archives Experience and educational programming at the National Archives.

The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. Fall/winter Exhibit Hall hours are 10 AM – 5:30 PM daily except Thanksgiving and December 25 (through March 14). Spring/summer hours are 10 AM – 7 PM (March 15-Labor Day).

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