Franklin’s Colonial Assembly: Museum on Wheels & Ben Franklin Show

Promo Card - Colonial Assembly

A Museum on Wheels brings the best of the Printing Museum’s educational programs to your school. Beginning at our traveling colonial printing shop, your guide slips on an apron and steps up to Franklin’s press. With the help of students, metal type is hand set to help create his famous Poor Richard’s Almanack. With historical artifacts and quality graphics, the presentation covers the long history of books, from papyrus scrolls and manuscripts to the books and newspapers of today. Students will see a page of Gutenberg Bible, rare Chinese printing blocks, early colonial books and demonstrations of printing and bookbinding. The Museum on Wheels’ graphics were reprinted fall of 2009.
During the second half of the presentation, the Inventive Dr. Franklin is presenting the story of his life to students in the school auditorium, introducing you to his many inventions and discoveries, from swim fins to bi-focals, from the first lending library to the Constitution. Students are introduced to the world of electricity and science as Dr. Franklin demonstrates his static electrical generator, originally used to create a battery. Franklin aims to ignite young minds with the wonders of science and invention.

Tour Length: 1-3/4 hours
Age Level: 3rd Gr.& up
Fee: $650 for up to 150 student

Call 310-515-7166 to schedule a Tour or email us at the Museum. You may click on the image above to download a copy of the Promotional Card for printing.

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From the Archives:

IPM’s Museum on Wheels in Northern California

Ben Franklin Assembly Visits 25 Bay Area Schools

Museum on WheelsMuseum Director and Curator Mark Barbour, Phil Soinski as Ben Franklin, and the Museum’s other premier presenter, Peter Small, are on the road again with the Museum’s History in Motion trailer in tow, and they’re on a roll. Between May 5th and May 22nd they are criss-crossing the Bay area from San Jose to San Anselmo, from Danville to Escalon to wow elementary and middle school students in those and 13 other NorCal towns and cities with their fun- and fact-filled two-hour roadshow of Franklin fare and printing lore.  They’ll head home from their last show at Monroe Middle School in San Jose, exhausted no doubt, but sure in the knowledge of leaving behind a lot of young eyes opened and minds expanded.

Thanks to generous support from the Printing Industries of Northern California (PINC) the Printing Museum each year is able to reach and teach nearly 6,000 students at forty Bay Area schools about the importance of books, printing, and Franklin’s pioneering efforts in science, BF Assemblytechnology and nation-building. With the tour’s traveling costs covered by PINC’s grant, anyone is welcome to sit in on a near-by school assembly without charge. But please first be sure to contact Mark Barbour at mail@printmuseum to make sure the school date and time haven’t changed and to arrange permission to be on campus.