National Traveling Exhibit: Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

Now through July 8, 2011 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit and 3rd Floor Exhibit

Scientist, inventor, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur: Benjamin Franklin is one of the most remarkable and influential Americans of any generation. AADL is proud to host the national traveling exhibit, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. Created in honor of Franklin's 300th birthday, this exhibit offers the opportunity to explore Franklin's youth, family and personal life, his contributions to the founding of this country, and his high standards for work, citizenship, and contribution to community.

The traveling exhibit consists of six sections of colorful, freestanding photo-panels, incorporating representations of artifacts from the original Franklin exhibition and a text written by the curator of the original international traveling exhibition of the same title. It looks at many aspects of Franklin's life and work; it shows him in the context of the 18th century and as a product of his times--a brilliant and rather unconventional man of his times, rather than the grandfatherly figure with whom we are familiar.

The public is invited to the Opening Reception for the exhibit on Thursday, May 5, 7 - 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library, featuring remarks by Dr. Mark Higbee, EMU Professor of History; music from the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps; and themed refreshments. Visit for a list of other related events.

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World was organized by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, Philadelphia, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition for libraries has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

The traveling exhibition is based on a major exhibition of the same name mounted by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth. The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary is a nonprofit organization established through a major grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts to educate the public about Franklin's enduring legacy.