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Burlington County Historical Society
457 High St, Burlington, New Jersey 08016
The Burlington County Historical Society is proud to announce the first program of 2019 in its lecture series. Nick Bunker, Pulitzer Prize finalist and international author of the new book “Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity,” will be discussing Benjamin Franklin in his youth, with a focus on his intellectual circle of friends who, together, founded the philosophical and improvement society named the “Junto Club.”
First as a printer and a journalist, and then as scientist, diplomat, and founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed to embody American pluck and self-confidence. But in his youth he had to survive in a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles, not only with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Drawing on new material from archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Bunker gives us the young Franklin in New Jersey and Philadelphia at this special program.
In his book “Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity,” Bunker takes Franklin from his birth in 1706 to the age of forty-one, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. Always trying to balance virtue against ambition, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed individual, made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason.
Nick Bunker is the author of three non-fiction books, including “An Empire On The Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History and won the 2015 George Washington Prize. His most recent book is titled “Young Benjamin Franklin: the Birth of Ingenuity” and tells the story of Franklin’s origins and early life and his emergence as America’s first great scientist.
The cost is $5 per person. Program location is at the Burlington County Historical Society. Entrances are located at 457 High St. and 454 Lawrence St., Burlington, NJ 08016. To RSVP, call (609) 386-4773 x1 or email [email protected]