What would Ben Franklin do?

Greetings, Citizens from G.Robin Smith. I present Chautauqua (1st person presentations) on Benjamin Franklin as fundraisers and educational programs around the Puget Sound (and beyond). This Blog (such an un-musical term) is to try out the medium and to leave (if I stay with it) an account of how the performances go, since they are beginning to take off, it seems. anon, G.Robin.

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see www.Ben-Franklin.org and www.InteractiveHistory.net

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Good Book, connections

Thursday Feb 23. Today, in 1778, Baron Von Stuben arrived at Valley Forge. He was essential in training the troops Washington had left (~5,000 out of 17,000 when he took camp in the Fall).
Also, in 1848, John Quincy Adams died, in the House of Representatives where he was serving.
Re-read Gordon S. Wood's "The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin". Focused work on the transforming periods of Franklin's life and the moments of transformation of our collective national awareness of BF and of ourselves. A recommended book, although in his telling of the reactions to Franklin's death, he leaves out the attendance of some 20,000 people in Philadelphia.
- in other news - Got word that the 20+ brochures arrived at my Shoreline PTA contact's house and she will distribute to the PTA Council on Monday. Networking, a very good thing. What would Franklin do? Network.:-) More anon, Robin.


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