Get to Know Mrs. Ben Franklin

We all know about Ben Franklin, although we could never meet him because he lived in the 1700s. That’s why we were surprised to have his wife, Deborah Read Franklin, come to our school.

Karen Hall, an experienced actor and educator, brought Mrs. Franklin to life, English accent and all. She told us all about Benjamin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Born on Jan. 17, 1706, Ben Franklin was an 
astonishingly talented person with many skills,
 including being an author, printer, scientist, 
civic activist and statesman. He is the reason
behind the formation of the first fire department
in Pennsylvania and the first public lending library in the U.S. He was a role model due to his hard work, community spirit and education.

Hall told us some of Franklin’s famous quotes, for example: “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today” and “A penny saved is a penny earned.” She also talked about his inventions like bifocals, swimming fins and the Franklin stove.

A favorite part of her entertaining presentation was when she called up two boys and two girls and dressed them in wigs, bifocals, dresses and bonnets
to show what people wore in the 1700s. It was fun getting to know Mrs. Ben Franklin. Learn more at [](

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