Ben Franklin Papers to be presented at Forsyth Library

09/10/12 ema

HAYS, Kan. -- Area fifth-graders will gather on the Fort Hays State University campus on Monday, Sept. 17, for what promises to be a fulfilling and educational program related to the life of one of America's greatest Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, as the American Democracy Project hosts the sixth annual Ben Franklin Papers event.

Through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Teacher Education, Forsyth Library and the Center for Civic Leadership, a university gift has turned into a learning tool for local elementary students.

The centerpiece of the event is two original Ben Franklin letters, in his own hand, and copies of Franklin's newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette. The letters and papers were donated to Forsyth Library by FHSU alumni Dr. Cecil Currey.

"The goal of this event is to allow as many people as possible to see Ben Franklin's papers, starting with the young minds of the Hays community," said Anne Drees, ADP student coordinator and Hays senior. "This event is a great way to engage children in activities that reflect the life of Ben Franklin."

The program will feature a presentation by Ben Franklin impersonator Fred Krebs, Johnson County Community College professor of history. Interactive learning sessions that focus on various aspects of Franklin's life will be created by FHSU students in the Social Studies Methods course.

In addition to sessions, students can have a snack at the "Boston Tea Party" and hear from Franklin himself through Krebs' impersonation.

For more information, contact Drees at 785-628-5399 or email

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