About Us

Watty, Jackson, Anne, Jane, Beverly, Marty, Lee and Phil.

Gallery outing in Washington, April 2012

The Friends of Franklin was formed in 1983 as a 501.c(3) corporation to support the study and appreciation of Benjamin Franklin. We considered ourselves an extension of the wide circle of friends that Mr. Franklin (“Doctor Franklin” to his friends) enjoyed throughout his long life in the 18th Century. For three decades, we published a quarterly newsletter to our paid membership, and sponsored exhibits, trips and publications about Dr. Franklin. In 2013 we published our last Gazette and dissolved the corporation.

Since 2013, this website has been a Franklin-related blog by Martin Mangold, includes the full run of Gazettes published by the Friends as PDF files, and is happily offered to anyone with an interest in our mutual friend.

Please check back any time, or contact me (below) with comments or questions.

Thank you!

MM on Pennsylvania Avenue
May 29, 2018

Marty Mangold
Rockville, Maryland

May 2023

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