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Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

Discover Benjamin Franklin - Founding Father, statesman, inventor, and humorist - as part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's newest exhibition, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, presented by the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, MSA, and UPMC Health Plan.

The 8,000 square-foot exhibit, which features more than 150 artifacts and nearly 30 hands-on interactive activities, will immerse visitors in Franklin's world and provide new insights on many previously unknown aspects of his amazing life, including his connections to Western Pennsylvania.

A special section of the exhibit is dedicated to Franklin's ties to Western Pennsylvania. In 1755, Franklin obtained nearly 150 wagons from farmers throughout Pennsylvania that were used during General Edward Braddock's failed attempt to capture Fort Duquesne from the French. The incident was later referred to by Franklin in his autobiography as "the wagon affair."