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Sandi Lee
Public Services Coordinator
Birmingham Public Library
(205) 226-3742

Birmingham Public Library Presents the National Traveling Exhibit, “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World”

January 6, 2008, Birmingham, AL—As the new year begins, the Birmingham Public Library is hosting the exhibit, “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World.” The exhibit opened January 5, 2009 in the 4th Floor Gallery of the Birmingham Public Library’s Central Branch. An opening reception will follow on January 11, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Gallery area with a visit from Benjamin Franklin himself. From January through February, the library is offering free programs and other events in conjunction with the exhibit.

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and the American Library Association organized this national traveling exhibit with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibit is also supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of The National Endowment for the Humanities. It is based on a major exhibition of the same name mounted by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Franklin’s birthday. For more information on the original exhibit, visit

Besides serving his country as a skillful diplomat and negotiator, Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, humorist and philanthropist whose wisdom and wit continue to inspire and entertain us. Franklin was dedicated to making the world a better place and himself a better person. His was the quintessential American success story.

Exhibition content is arranged in thematic sections showing Franklin in the Boston of his youth, Franklin's family and personal life, as well as the years when he built his business as Philadelphia's premier printer. The exhibit also looks at Franklin's commitment to public service, his interests in medicine and public health, and his work in science and philosophy. Franklin's political career in England, France and the United States, and his contributions to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and other major documents are the subjects of the final two sections of the exhibit.

For further information about upcoming events and activities, please visit


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