Franklin loved a gathering and the idea of Americans celebrating his life 300 years after his birth would have delighted him. He took pains to be remembered, following his own advice. "If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worthy reading, Or do things worth the writing."
Franklin did both well ensuring him a place in the nation's history and in the hearts of its citizens. On this 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Celebration was pleased to honor those who kept Franklin in the vanguard of great American leaders. This year's prestigious Franklin Founder award is being given to noted historian, Claude- Anne Lopez and Benjamin Franklin Reinauer, II, founder of Celebration! of Benjamin Franklin, Founder.
Claude-Anne Lopez, former associate editor of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, and author of several books on Franklin including Mon Cher Papa and The Private Franklin delivered the keynote address: My Life with Franklin