CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library will host a reception and program for the exhibit "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," on Wednesday.

The reception begins at 7 p.m. in the Marvin Foyer. Following opening remarks, Fred Krebs will perform in "An Evening with Benjamin Franklin" in the West Reading Room, the university said.

The exhibit, "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," tells the story of the man who began his life as a poor printer's apprentice and ended it as a revered elder statesmen known throughout the world for his wisdom, wit, and resourcefulness.

The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 25.

"We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition," said Allen Lanham, dean of Booth Library. "Benjamin Franklin's life is the quintessential American success story. His dedication to the welfare of the community, and his belief that overcoming society's challenges required mutual action, collaboration and generosity on the part of all citizens, offers us inspiration as we face many difficult issues in contemporary American society. Benjamin Franklin has much to say to 21st century Americans."

Krebs is a professor of history at Johnson County Community College in Kansas.

As Franklin, Krebs reminisces about his life and pursuit of a better world.

Organized by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, Philadelphia, in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the exhibit was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary is a nonprofit organization established through a major grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to educate the public about Franklin's enduring legacy.

The exhibit draws upon original documents in the collections of the American Philosophical Society, The Franklin Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania, other museums and libraries, and private collectors.

Booth Library is sponsoring free programs and other events in connection with the exhibition. Contact Jocelyn Tipton, Head of Reference Services at 581-7542 or jttipton@eiu.edu or visit http://www.library.eiu.edu for more information.

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