Information About The Tercentenary Mission & Members
The Tercentenary
The Exhibition
Consortium and Advisory Board
French Honorary Committee
Ben Franklin 300 Philadelphia
Ben Franklin 300 Philadelphia


Dr. Richard S. Dunn
Co-Executive Officer, American Philosophical Society
The American Philosophical Society, founded by Franklin in 1743, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious learned society. Its international membership has included approximately 250 Nobel Laureates. The Society holds nearly 13,000 Franklin manuscripts, books, and unique artifacts from his personal library.

Gail Harrity
Chief Operating Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art was a legacy of the great Centennial Exposition of 1876; today, it is one of the largest and most significant art museums in the United States. The Museum houses over 300,000 works of art encompassing some of the greatest achievements of human creativity, including priceless Frankliniana.

Leslie Laird Kruhly
Secretary, University of Pennsylvania
In 1749 Benjamin Franklin led a number of Philadelphians in establishing what is now the University of Pennsylvania. Today, Penn is a world-class teaching and research institution. Its library houses the Curtis Collection of Franklin imprints, manuscripts, and correspondence, and preserves many artifacts originally owned by Franklin.

Dr. John C. Van Horne
Librarian, Library Company of Philadelphia
The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, is America’s first subscription library, operating today as an independent research facility whose extensive holdings include the largest extant collection of books from Franklin’s library.

Dr. Dennis M. Wint
President and CEO, The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824 to honor Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Institute is a premier American science museum. It is also the home of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial and holds a significant collection of Franklin artifacts, including his original lightning rod.