Join MPL on Monday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Central Library's Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room for the latest program connected with the Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World exhibit. David J. Rhees, Executive Director of The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis will present Bejamin Franklin: the Modern Prometheus.
Franklin's invention of the lightning rod earned him a reputation as a "modern Prometheus" who stole God's thunder from the heavens. He also became America's first internationally famous scientist, known in France as the "electrical ambassador." Rhees will explore Franklin's pathbreaking electrical experiments and the role they played in secularizing public perceptions of nature and enhancing the image of the new republic.