Director’s Hour with Michael Barsanti: Benjamin Franklin and the Making of Modern Money

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Library Company of Philadelphia 1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Join The Library Company of Philadelphia Michael Barsanti, Ph.D as he talks about Franklin and money at this hybrid lecture event. 

This lecture will go into detail about the role money had in Franklin’s life and business, his arguments for the use of paper money, his innovations for making paper money more secure – but also how Franklin’s work with money anticipated the current development of cryptocurrency.


In Philadelphia, we tend to think of Benjamin Franklin’s legacy in terms of the institutions (like ours) that he helped to establish. In his lifetime, he was known mostly as a scientist, as the man who “stole lightning from the skies.” Today, around the world, Franklin is probably most recognized as the face on the $100 bill. His place there signifies that beyond his role as a diplomat, legislator, and scientist; he was very concerned with money itself and how it helps an economy function. 


Reception for in-person attendees starts at 6:30pm until 7:00pm, with the lecture starting at 7:00pm. 


Make sure to register for this event today!

Event Type: 
Arts and Culture