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


iven the importance of France and the French to an appreciation of Franklin's life and achievements, we were particularly pleased that the exhibition traveled to two Paris venues in 2007: the Musée Carnavalet and the Musée des Arts & Métiers. At the Musée Carnavalet, the exhibition highlighted Franklin's diplomatic mission to help the American "insurgents" while at the same time evoking eighteenth century Salon society in Paris, Versailles and Passy. The Musée des Arts & Métiers showcased Franklin the scientist and included a rich array of interactive exhibits developed for the American audiences. We were grateful for the support and advice of the French Honorary Committee of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.

Under the High Patronage of Jacques Chirac,
President of the French Republic

Co-Chairman Craig Roberts Stapleton,
United States Ambassador to France

Co-Chairman Jean-David Levitte,
Ambassador of France to the United States


Monsieur Pierre Arizzoli-Clémentel
Director, National Museum of Versailles

Monsieur François d’Aubert
Minister Delegate for Research

Professeur Etienne-Emile Baulieu
President, Academy of Sciences, Emeritus Honorary Professor at the Collège de France

Monsieur Jean-René Bernard
President, France-Amériques Association

Monsieur Michel Besson
National President, France/US Associations

Madame Bertrand Chatel de Brancion
Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Rochambeau Chapter

Monsieur Bertrand Delanoë
Mayor of Paris

Monsieur Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres
Minister for Culture and Communication

Monsieur Jacques Friedmann
President, Conseil d’Orientation, Quai Branly

Monsieur Michel Garcin
President, France-America Foundation

Monsieur Paul Girod
Chairman, Senate France-USA Friendship Group

Monsieur Daniel Thoulouze
Director for Scientific and Technical Culture, CNAM, and Director, Musée des Arts et Métiers
Monsieur Jean-Noël Jeanneney
Président, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Monsieur Jean-Marc Leri
Director, Musée Carnavalet

Madame Christine Malphettes
State Regent, Rochambeau Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Monsieur Maurice Marchand-Tonel
President, French-American Chamber of Commerce

Monsieur Thierry de Montbrial
Director, French Institute for International Relations (IFRI)

Monsieur Hélie de Noailles
President, Sons of the American Revolution

Madame Laurence Paye-Jeanneney
General Director, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers

Monsieur Axel Poniatowski
Chairman, National Assembly France-USA Friendship Group

Monsieur Pierre Rosenberg
Member of the French Academy

Monsieur Pierre Taittinger
Mayor of the 16th district in Paris (Passy)