01/14/2009 - For two years, plans for the proposed $18 million upgrade of the Franklin Court museum languished for lack of federal funding while its 30-year-old exhibits broke down, and rain leaked through the roof.
As Ben once said, "He that can have patience can have what he will."
Yesterday, patient Franklin aficionados saw their wish come true as U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar announced $6 million in federal funds for the Philadelphia museum's rehabilitation.
A world-class leader, Franklin should be celebrated in a world-class museum, added Rebecca Rimel, Pew's president and chief executive. He "was one of our most fascinating and important Founding Fathers and one of Philadelphia's beloved citizens," she said.
"A new, dynamic exhibition will ensure that residents and visitors will have a place to learn about Franklin's remarkable life and myriad accomplishments in an engaging and imaginative way."
Read the full article Ben Franklin Museum Gets Money for an Upgrade on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.