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Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Celebration 2014!

Dr. Benjamin Franklin

Dr. Benjamin Franklin

Understanding the world around us and using this knowledge to improve human society are hallmarks of Benjamin Franklin’s 18th Century world.  Franklin used his deep understanding of the natural world to improve society.

On January 17, 2014, Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder will present the Franklin Founders Award to Dr. Edward O. Wilson in recognition of his lifetime of work in the natural sciences, and his insights into the genetic basis of the social behavior of animals, including humans.

Dr. E. O Wilson

Dr. E. O Wilson

Recognized worldwide as a leading authority on ants, Dr. Wilson has used his findings on social species to develop cutting-edge theories about human behavior. His 2012 book, The Social Conquest of Earth , looks at altruism and conflict in human society. Dr. Wilson, who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, is an emeritus professor at Harvard University.

The day’s Philadelphia celebration includes a free morning seminar on the topic of Observing the World, featuring:

  • Robert McCracken Peck, Senior Fellow, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Dr. Douglas W. Tallamy, Chair of the Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware

A procession up 5th Street to Dr. Franklin’s grave will be followed by a luncheon honoring Dr. Wilson.

For more information visit the celebration website.


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Bell Design Presentation

Last week Metcalfe Architecture & Design, Moto Design Shop, and Bolin Cywinski Jackson presented their designs for the Great Bell project. Each firm gave a detailed presentation of their design. Posters of each design are on display at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Below are photos from the event. To view photos of the designs click here.

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Welcome to the blog about the Great Bell and the Great Bell design competition. In the menu above you will find information about the bell and the project, as well as the firms involved. Feel free to explore all of the tabs and links. In the coming months more information about the competition and the bell’s history will be posted. Comments are encouraged! Check back soon for new and interesting information about America’s oldest bell.