Ben Franklin Birthday Celebration, “Craftsmanship,” honoring Frank Gehry – Jan 19

Posted by Celebration! of Benjamin Franklin Founder on December 12, 2023

The public is invited to a free and festive event to celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s 318th birthday. Residents, visitors, colonial characters, Philadelphia dignitaries, and Franklin himself will gather in Old City to hear a panel discussion examining the important role of craftsmanship in America and honor this year’s Founder’s Award recipient, architectural great Frank Gehry. Celebrants will also be able to enjoy sweets and treats from Franklin Fountain. The event will be followed by a lively procession to Franklin’s gravesite, featuring music, a fire engine, banners and flags.

WHEN: Friday, January 19, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Panel from 10:00 AM – 12: PM
  • Procession from 12:00-1:00 PM

WHERE: Panel held at: American Philosophical Society (APS): Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Procession: Will go from APS Library Hall on 5th Street below Chestnut Street to Franklin’s grave site at Christ Church Burial Ground at 5th and Arch Streets

WHO: Honoree: Frank Gehry to receive the 2024 Founder’s Award

MORE: Event is free and open to all; seats are limited. RSVP and learn more.

Salty pretzel chocolate bar, birthday cake ice cream, and hot chocolate provided by Franklin Fountain

This event is presented in conjunction with the 300th anniversary of The Carpenters’ Company. Learn more about the celebration here.

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