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Center for Digital Scholarship
Opening Franklin's Data
Before he invented the lightning rod, charted the Gulf Stream, or helped to draft the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin was Postmaster of Philadelphia from 1737 to 1753. The Center for Digital Scholarship is excited to announce a new digital exhibit that uses open historic data to approach this often overlooked aspect of Franklin's civic engagement.
A new digital exhibit from 2019 Levitt Fellow Jessica Locklear features digitized lantern slides by anthropologist Frank Speck. It asks viewers to consider how these images illuminate and disrupt assumptions about Indigenous identity and Indigenous people as active, innovative, and present participants in modernity.
The APS invites applications for its 2020-2021 grants and fellowships. These opportunities are open to researchers engaged in all fields, and especially those working on projects pertaining to the history of science, technology, and medicine, early American history, the digital humanities, and Native American and Indigenous studies.
At the American Philosophical Society Museum, visitors will see exhibitions drawn from the Society’s renowned collections that trace American history and science from the Founding Fathers to the digital age.
The American Philosophical Society is the oldest learned society in the United States. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, it continues its mission of "promoting useful knowledge" through research, fellowships, and public outreach.