Franklin, Massachusetts Library

The library at Franklin, Massachusetts has an intimate connection with Dr. Franklin, and is re-housing their collection of books he donated. They were displayed in a standalone, closed bookcase from 1904 till now (2018), when they are going to a more accessible presentation, according to this news report on the renovation. Congratulations! In 1778, the westerly …

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Ralph Archbold

We’ve lost a grand fellow, Ralph Archbold of Philadelphia. I have it on good authority that he’s having a beer with Dr. Franklin right around now.   There’s a nice article at and a a nice set of pictures with the article at

Mile Marker 43 Moving

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is moving to preserve one of Franklin’s mile markers from the postal system of 1767:   Article Site Shrewsbury – Last November, Shrewsbury’s Board of Selectmen approved a proposal to move one of two Benjamin Franklin Mile Markers (Milestone Marker #43) from its current location near the on-ramp to I-290 East on Main …

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Portrait of Benjamin Lay

This article discusses a portrait owned by Benjamin Franklin of Benjamin Lay. Some excerpts: “Stories about our discovery appeared first in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in January 1979 The Magazine Antiques published a story by Karen M. Jones about the discovery of a rare William Williams painting.” The story quoted a letter from Ben Franklin …

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Franklin as a British Subject

Two recent books about Dr. Franklin and the British Empire are reviewed in the [London] Times Literary Supplement. Carla J. Mulford BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND THE ENDS OF EMPIRE 426pp. Oxford University Press. £41.99 (US $65). 978 0 19 938419 8 and George Goodwin BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN LONDON The British life of America’s Founding Father 365pp. …

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Tobyhanna Township and BF’s Travels

Franklin and His Travels The Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township sponsored an interesting-looking talk on Franklin’s travels. The grave of Polly Stevenson is not far from this area; perhaps this association or the speaker, Bruce Denlinger, could be involved in learning more about that.  

A Dog Named Ben

Secretary of State John Kerry will be picking up a yellow Labrador retriever puppy to be named Ben in honor of Ben Franklin, who’s known as the “Father of the American Foreign Service” and for whom the State Department’s diplomatic state dining room is named. – See more at