Benjamin Franklin: A How-To Guide (2006-2007)

Presentation Date: 

Tuesday, June 6, 2006


Houghton Library and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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Commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, this joint exhibition appeared in two Harvard venues.  At Houghton Library, the exhibition examined the Circulation of Knowledge, focusing on how information was made public. At the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the focus was on Science and Sociability, exploring how science was part of a social context that prized human interaction and collaboration.  The exhibition featured rare books, broadsides, manuscripts, scientific instruments, natural history specimens, art, and music. Topics included:

  • How Charming
  • How to...see Clearly
  • How an Experiment
  • How to... learn Things
  • How to...get the Word Out
  • How Good
  • How a Political Animal
  • How to...see the World,
  • How Friends and influence People
  • How Benjamin Franklin

Co-curated with Joyce Chaplin and Thomas Horrocks.

Ben Franklin exhibition broadside.pdf855 KB
See also: 2000s