Stories of Revolution: The Amazing Dr. Franklin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
With a wink and a smile, ol' Ben invites you to dinner, and over a fine glass of claret, tells stories of his youth, his inventions ( lightning rod, stove, bifocal glasses, book grabber, swim fins, first political cartoon), public institutions (the first: police force, volunteer fire department, fire insurance company, lending library, hospital, educational academy) and people of the revolution: cantankerous John Adams, bilious Arthur Lee, the bumbling British, the fascinating French, the double-dealing Dutch. From Philadelphia, London and Paris: stories of spies, secret codes, court intrigues, Congressional jealousies and America's most clever ambassador, B. Franklin, printer.