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NSSAR Revolutionary War Newspapers Now on Exhibit at Louisville Free Public Library

Three of the SAR’s colonial newspapers as well a piece of colonial currency can now be viewed by the public at the Louisville Free Public Library’s (LFPL) main branch at 301 York St., Louisville, KY. They are part of an exhibit titled Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World on display from June 1-August 15, 2011. The exhibit features a six-panel display of Franklin’s life and accomplishments that is sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This is a travelling exhibit that began in 2006 to celebrate the tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin and has been all around the country. LFPL is the last stop the exhibit will make before being retired.

The New England Courant, December 4-11, 1725, has Franklin’s imprint. The Pennsylvania Gazette July 26, 1759, was purchased by Franklin, and the Connecticut Gazette of April 30, 1790 reports Franklin’s death. These newspapers were originally donated to the NSSAR in 1999 by the estate of James A. Williams, former NSSAR Museum Board Chairman and Historian General. This is the first time these newspapers have been exhibited outside NSSAR Headquarters. A piece of colonial currency with a design by Franklin is also on loan from the NSSAR. In addition, rare books written by Franklin and a 1790 alabaster statue of Franklin on loan from Dr. Ted Steinbock of Louisville are featured in the display. Please check out LFPL’s website (http://www.lfpl.org/benfranklin.html) for events associated with this exhibit or for further information. All SAR members that will be in the Louisville area during this time period are encouraged to view the exhibit. If you are unable to visit the exhibit in person, please check out the online version of the exhibit at www.benfranklin300.org.