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Title: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: LAC on September 01, 2011, 11:50 AM
If so, can you email me at Lacra4rd AT aol DOT com?

Thanks so much

Laura
Title: Re: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: anita on September 01, 2011, 03:33 PM
I would try the Philadelphia Historical Society, or some such group. There's a guy in Philly who plays Franklin at many events, and I've read stories about him. I think he might have studied Franklin, and you might be able to get in touch with him through a historical society. (Or try the Betsy Ross house. I think that the guy who plays Franklin and the woman who plays Betsy Ross married a few years ago. I am not joking.)

Actually - here's an article. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2008/06/ben_franklin_betsy_ross_portra.html (http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2008/06/ben_franklin_betsy_ross_portra.html) It has their names etc. You might find a way to contact them in it.

anita
Title: Re: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: JFriday on September 01, 2011, 03:55 PM

I thought of exactly what Anita said. I think he'd be full of information.
Title: Re: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: lauriew on September 01, 2011, 06:04 PM
Someone in my critique group is writing a novel that takes place in Revolutionary War Philadelphia. She's found the park rangers to be incredibly helpful. Laurie
Title: Re: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: ecb on September 02, 2011, 01:26 PM
Blueboarder Car (Carmella Van Vleet) wrote a book about Franklin, AMAZING BEN FRANKLIN INVENTIONS YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF. She'd probably be a great resource.
Title: Re: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: Car on September 02, 2011, 02:26 PM
Thanks, e!

I don't know about *expert* but I did spend the whole time chaperoning my oldest son's 8th grade Washington DC trip saying, "Did you know that Ben Franklin (did this cool thing or that cool thing or was friends with)."

Do you suppose that's why my second born refused to let me be a parent volunteer on *his* trip two year later? Hmmm....

I'd be happy to help anyway I can.
Title: Re: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: ecb on September 02, 2011, 03:53 PM
Hee!  I thought you might *know* some experts, Car, from your own research! Although if I needed Ben Franklin info, I know where I'd go. :D
Title: Re: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: Car on September 02, 2011, 08:07 PM
Hee!  I thought you might *know* some experts, Car, from your own research! Although if I needed Ben Franklin info, I know where I'd go. :D

Oh. So, I'm *not* an expert? I'm just supposed to know one? Well, okay. I get it now. (sniff, sniff) See if I ever try to impress you with my vast wealth of knowledge of ol' Ben ever again. :-) 

[Note to LAC: I don't know any experts personally. My research was entirely from books, documentaries, museum visits etc. I could, however, direct you to a scholarly author or two who might be good. You could probably reach them via their website.]
Title: Re: Does anyone know of an expert on Ben Franklin?
Post by: LAC on September 03, 2011, 07:07 AM
Thanks everyone!  I am off to the library now...I"m going to look for your book Carmella!  I just need an expert to look over it make sure it's accurate.  I found 2 history professors through googling.

Laura