October 14, 2005 Library Exhibit Celebrates Tricentennial of Benjamin Franklin's Birth

Display to Open December 12 in “American Treasures” Exhibition

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Contact: View the exhibition online.

The Library of Congress will celebrate the tricentennial of Benjamin Franklin’s birth (January 17, 1706) with a display of approximately 75 items pertaining to the statesman’s life and work. The Library houses the second largest collection of Benjamin Franklin papers in the world, comprising more than 8,000 items in its Manuscript, Rare Book and Special Collections, Geography and Map, and Prints and Photographs divisions.

The display, which will occupy the central portion of the larger “American Treasures” exhibition, will be on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C., from Dec. 12, 2005, through June 17, 2006.


PR 05-226
ISSN 0731-3527