Illustration by Tony Auth, 2004 Franklin Founders' Award Recipient

With a Stroke of Her Pen;
Women’s Imprint on American Culture

Honoring Linda Greenhouse and Cokie Roberts

We note with great sadness the death of Cokie Roberts,
and the Franklin Committee extends its sympathy to family, colleagues and admirers.

2020 Celebration
Friday, January 17, 2020

Morning panelists include:

Ellen Cohn, Editor-In-Chief, Benjamin Franklin Papers , Yale University. 

Angela Dodson, Journalist & Author, “Remember the Ladies”

Lynn H. Yeakel, President & Founder, Vision 2020 & Director, Drexel University’s Institute For Women’s Health & Leadership

Click HERE for more info on the 2020 Celebration.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was the quintessential American. A founding father with a powerful and lasting legacy, he was also a genius of inquisitive mind and broad interests. In celebrating Franklin, we revisit his accomplishments and their impact on history while casting new light on the American character.

Celebration! of Benjamin Franklin, Founder was established to bring international attention to Franklin’s ideas and accomplishments, and to highlight his relevance in the modern world. Comprised of representatives from several leading Philadelphia institutions, the organization sponsors an annual event on Franklin’s birthday with a vibrant public procession through Old City to his grave in Christ Church Burial Ground.

Each year, the celebration highlights a theme that connects Franklin’s work to current social issues and concerns. The daylong event serves as a public "junto" about important issues, tracing a through-line from Franklin's day to our own.

During a luncheon ceremony, we present the Franklin Founder Award to an honored guest who has excelled in that field.

Honorees through the years include Bill Keller, Dr. Anne Case and Sir Angus DeatonDr. Stephen Chu, Gov. Jon Huntsman, Laurie Olin, Dr. Paul Offit and Dr. Edward O. Wilson.

Learn more about our past celebrations here. See photos of our 2019 celebration here.  Information about Dr. Franklin can be found here

2019 Photos by Darryl Moran Photography