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National Archives Public Affairs Staff 202-357-5300

The National Archives and Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center Conclude 2006 Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Celebration

Washington, DC. . . On Thursday, November 2, at 7 p.m., the National Archives in partnership with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation celebrate the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth with a free program “Inventing America with Walter Isaacson,” hosted by the Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein.  The program will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW.

America’s founders were optimistic not only about politics but also about the contributions they expected science and technology to make to the success of the fledgling democracy. Join historian Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Professor Allen Weinstein as they discuss how Americans have wrestled with the interplay of technology and democracy from Franklin’s time until today. Isaacson will draw on both his knowledge of Franklin and his own experiences in journalism to explore how communications technologies have shaped the practice of democracy.

Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and of Kissinger: A Biography (1992) and is the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He is currently writing a biography of Albert Einstein due to be published in April 2007. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at the Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item

The National Archives is fully accessible. If you need to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please e-mail or call (202) 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.



The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. The Center is supported by The Lemelson Foundation, a private philanthropy established by one of the country's most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson, and his family. The Lemelson Center is located in the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. The nearest Metro stations are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian on the Orange/Blue lines. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on Dec. 25. Admission is free.
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