Press Preview for National Archives Benjamin Franklin Exhibition, February 7, 2012
Press Release · Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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

WHAT: A special press only breakfast and “sneak preview” to launch the new National Archives exhibition: Benjamin Franklin:  In Search of a Better World.

Benjamin Franklin:  In Search of a Better World explores the life of Founding Father, scientist, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Ben Franklin.   The interactive exhibition explores the many sides of this enigmatic genius. Organized by the Minnesota Historical Society, the exhibition features original documents from the holdings of the National Archives -- including Franklin’s letters, his journals from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, the Treaty of Parisand a rare 1787 printed version of the Constitution.

“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.

WHO:  Debra Wall, Deputy Archivist of the United States
Pat Butler, Vice Chair, Foundation for the National Archives
Greg Martin, General Motors Foundation
Exhibition Curator Michael Hussey

WHERE:  The Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Building, Washington, DC
Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 7, 2012
8:45 AM – Breakfast
9:15 AM – Remarks
9:30 AM – Exhibit Tours

“Benjamin Franklin:  In Search of a Better World” is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, from February 10, 2012, through May 6, 2012. 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 (through March 14). Spring/Summer hours are 10 AM – 7 PM (through Labor Day).


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For more information about “Benjamin Franklin:  In Search of a Better World” see the online exhibit [] or call the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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