Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Young & Witty Ben Franklin Goes to Washington for the Grand Opening of the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Sunday, September 22nd

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – September 12, 2013 – The young and witty Ben Franklin will be taking his talents to the Smithsonian this month.

Mr. Franklin Goes to Washington” as a special guest of the Smithsonian on Sunday, September 22nd, when the young and witty Ben Franklin will be on hand for the grand opening of the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Family activities, tour and programs are scheduled throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.   Events include a special installation ceremony for the Medal of Honor at 11 a.m., and the first day of issue ceremony for the “Inverted Jenny” stamp souvenir sheet a 1 p.m.

The young and witty Ben Franklin wouldn’t miss the opening of the Gross Stamp Gallery, and he will be on hand to meet guests, and talk about his favorite objects going up on display. 

Of course, Ben Franklin is noted as the founder of the first postal service in the United States, and those in attendance in Washington, D.C. on September 22nd can pose for photos with the young and witty Ben Franklin, while learning about his role in the history of the post.  His profile is also on prominent display in the “Gems of American Philately” gallery as the U.S.’s first postage stamp.

More information, including tickets and directions to the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum are available online at http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/StampGallery/index.html.

As portrayed by actor and entrepreneur Rob DeVitis, the young and witty Ben Franklin is not a staid and stuffy historical figure dusted off for bored schoolchildren to pass along the way, more than the face on a $100 bill, Franklin is an engaging and thoughtful figure who was not only a statesman but an inventor, a musician, a writer, a printer, founder of the post office and the library.  Franklin was a multi-talented sensation of Philadelphia in the 18th Century who has come back to live in the 21st Century to share his experiences as one of the sensations of the age.

The young and witty Ben Franklin has earned accolades for his appearances at a number of high-profile public and private events over the past 14 months.  He is a Preferred Vendor of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, which enables him to provide additional resources to conventions, groups, and meetings planning to hold events in the Philadelphia area.

The young and witty Ben Franklin can be found online, at http://www.BenFranklinToday.com, where he can be invited (for a modest fee) to attend your special events, either in the City of Philadelphia, or in areas surrounding William Penn’s Green Country Towne.  The young and witty Ben Franklin can speak to any and all groups on topics including American history, Philadelphia history, and the life that earned him the title “The First American.”


For additional information about the young and witty Ben Franklin, including rates and availability, visit BenFranklinToday.com.  The young and witty Ben Franklin is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ben-Franklin-Today.