02 July 2012

Benjamin Franklin House Blog - July 2012

We will be busy hanging up red, white and blue bunting at Benjamin Franklin House this week in preparation for our US Independence Day Party on the 4th of July. It is perhaps the most fitting location for such an event in Britain: the House served as the first de-facto American Embassy. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin –diplomat, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more – lived behind its doors. Franklin was the only statesman to have signed all four documents that created a new nation, including The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and The Constitution. The first of these signed on 4 July 1776, formalising the separation of the 13 colonies from British rule, is celebrated annually with a US national holiday, traditionally marked by fireworks, parades, and barbecues. It has been celebrated in London since 1882, when this “novel international festival” was held at the Westminster Palace Hotel, attended by members of Parliament and others.

On the 4th of July, we will be serving cake kindly donated by Konditor & Cook, and bubbly to guests in Franklin’s Parlour on the first floor of the House. Our Georgian interiors are looking especially beautiful, following some recent redecoration and conservation work to our eighteenth century floorboards.

We have many family events, and lectures planned throughout the rest of the summer including our Children’s Summer Fete. Upcoming US themed events include a Presidential Debate held in association with the Eccles Centre for American Studies on 19 October, and our annual fundraising Thanksgiving Dinner on 22 November. Find out more about all our events here.

Author: Sally James, Operations Manager

July 2012