It’s almost difficult to know where to start when describing the talented and fascinating Benjamin Franklin. It’s true that he started the first lending library and hospital in Philadelphia. And he also founded what would later become the University of Pennsylvania. But did you know that Franklin invented swim fins, bifocals, the Franklin stove, the armonica, charted the Gulf Stream, and came up with daylight savings time? He also served as a delegate to the Constitution Convention and helped to draft the Declaration of Independence. Ben Franklin achieved all of these accomplishments with just two years of formal education. It is no wonder that Ben was one of the most recognized people in the Western hemisphere – a true icon in his own lifetime! In our journey to visit Benjamin Franklin, we have learned one thing for certain – that is that each and every person is fully capable of achieving almost anything they set their minds to. With hard work, dedication, imagination, and stick-to-itiveness, anything is possible! Music is more than lines and dots on a piece of paper. The arts require dedication, discipline, and commitment that can be universally applied to other areas in life.
As Ben Franklin would say: “Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?”
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