American Philosophical Society Library & Museum

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The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Today, the Society is still an active Membership organization. The Library & Museum continues to promote useful knowledge through scholarly research, a public museum, and a variety of programs for learners of all ages.


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A Malignant Tale (Yellow Fever, 1793 Epidemic)

Explore how early Philadelphians dealt with the dreaded yellow fever epidemic of 1793. Discover the role of the Free African Society in taking care of Philadelphians during this time of need and the sacrifices they made. Throughout this lesson, we...


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Alexandra Rospond
104 S 5th St,
Philadelphia PA 19106
United States

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The programs of American Philosophical Society Library & Museum cover:

Career Education
Social Studies/History
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