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Benjamin Franklin: In Search of A Better World receives an National Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History
September 8, 2007
Philadelphia, PA
The celebrated exhibition Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World has been honored by the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) with a national Award of Merit in recognition of excellence in presentation and interpretation of the life and legacy of one of the world’s greatest scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, diplomats, philanthropists and humanitarians – Dr. Benjamin Franklin. The exhibition was planned and presented by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, the non-profit founded by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions influenced by Franklin. The AASLH selected the exhibition in recognition of a multi-year effort by the Tercentenary to restore, organize and present more than 250 original artifacts and incorporate more than 40 interactive elements to create an unprecedented experience that touches the very spirit of Franklin’s world and brings it to life for visitors. The exhibition made its world premiere in Philadelphia in December 2005, commemorating Franklin’s 300th birthday in January of 2006. It has since traveled all over the U.S., having been seen by more than half a million visitors, and demonstrating the extraordinary contributions Franklin made to this country and the world. On July 4th, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World opened in its final American city, Atlanta, and is getting ready to pack its bags for the grand finale in Paris. The American Association of State and Local History’s annual Award of Merit is the most prestigious honor of its kind. For 62 years, the AASLH Awards Program has encouraged standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout North America. “We are thrilled to receive thisaward as Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World is getting ready to complete its last stop in the U.S. The award is a tribute to the wonder this exhibition has inspired in us all, and the high hopes we have for its future,” says Dr. Rosalind Remer, Executive Director of the Tercentenary.


The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, a non-profit organization supported by a lead grant of $4 million from The Pew Charitable Trusts, was established to mark the 300-year anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth (1706-2006) with a celebration dedicated to educating the public about his enduring legacy and inspiring renewed appreciation of the values he embodied. The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary was founded in 2000 by a consortium of five Philadelphia cultural institutions: the American Philosophical Society, The Franklin Institute, The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, an Act of Congress in 2002 created the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission, a panel of fifteen outstanding Americans chosen to study and recommend programs to celebrate Franklin's 300th birthday. The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary can be found online at