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(One of the few things the real Ben Franklin never did: visit the KYW Newsradio studios for an interview!  That's Robert DeVitis, who portrays the Founding Father.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Happy Birthday, Ben! Philadelphia’s Favorite Son Turns 308

Philadelphia’s favorite son turns 308 today, with several celebrations planned in Old City.

01/17/2014

(credit: Paul Kurtz)

Peco, Historic Philadelphia Prepare To Light Up Holiday Season In Franklin Square

At Franklin Square, PECO workers and volunteers were busy Tuesday getting the park ready for the holidays.

11/12/2013

A replica of the new $100 bill, set to be issued October 8, 2013. (Credit: United States Federal Reserve)

Former Counterfeiter Weighs in on Philly-Centric New $100 Bill Design

There’s a lot of Philadelphia in the new design, from Ben Franklin to Independence Hall, the Declaration of Independence, and the Liberty Bell. But it’s really all about thwarting counterfeiters.

04/26/2013

(credit: John McDevitt)

Billboard Preventing High-Rise Apartment Building Construction In Old City

By John McDevitt PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A billboard near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is preventing construction of a high-rise apartment building at 2nd and Race streets in Old City. Many are wondering why the billboard […]

04/11/2013

(credit: Phran Novelli)

Bartrams Brought Franklinia To Philly

All the Franklinias that exist today came from the seeds of trees the Bartrams discovered in Georgia. They planted them in their Philadelphia gardens and named the new trees after Ben Franklin.

11/14/2012

(Among those taking part in today's groundbreaking were Suzanne Biemiller of Mayor Nutter's staff, second from left; Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historic Park, center; and Donald Kimelman, managing director of Philadelphia programs at the Pew Charitable Trust, far right.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

Ground Broken For New Benj. Franklin Museum In Old City Philadelphia

When completed, the new Benjamin Franklin Museum will be underground — below the area known as “Franklin Court,” just off Fourth and Market Streets.

10/24/2011

Historical Marker To Be Placed In Old City For First Volunteer Fire Company

An unveiling ceremony will take place Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on Market Street between 2nd and 3rd honoring the site of the first volunteer company in the nation. The Union Fire Company got its start in 1736 by Ben Franklin and others.

09/30/2011

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