Benjamin Franklin - Upcoming Appearances

The "When & Where" of the next appearances of "Benjamin Franklin - Innovative American."

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Upcoming Dates for Benjamin Franklin - Innovative American

Thank you for seeking out when and where "Benjamin Franklin - Innovative American" will be next (and other of our programs). For more details on our presentation on 'Ben', see or The Interactive History Company . For testimonials, scroll to the bottom of this page. For information, write: ben(at)ben-franklin(dot)org. For upcoming dates, see below. For information on what Fundraisers we are up to and other information about our programs, go to the "full of info page" at

Ben is now available on YouTube. While you are there, see a video of Ben's 2 hour StairClimb for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (done on the University of Washington Campus on Ben's 302nd Birthday (Jan 17, 2008). 7,700 stairs in two hours (reduced to a 2 1/2 minute video)

Next Dates:
(NB: Most dates are for Benjamin Franklin presentations. However, we also do presentations on other periods of History*. Those dates are listed as well to aid in scheduling. Dates subject to change)

Memorial Day Weekend, 2011. FolkLife Festival Seattle WA. More details as they are confirmed.

June 2nd, 2011 Stella Schola Jr. Hi, Redmond WA. Tickets $10.00 each.

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June 2, 2011, Fundraiser for the Stella Schola School. Rose Hill Junior High School Auditorium
13505 - NE 75th St, Redmond WA 98052. Tickets $10.00

November, 2011, Tour of Eastern Washington. 1st Date: November 11, 2011 (11.11.11) in Tonasket Washington. Benefiting a temple of Peace. Arranging other dates now for Eastern Washington and Idaho. Call or write for more information or to sign up for a presentation.

Visit our Sponsor Hardwick & Sons, Inc. (4214 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle 98105 - (Open until 6:00 PM, Mon-Sat) A Hardware and Tool Store that Ben would have Loved.


Ben Franklin played many instruments, the fiddle, harp, Glass Armonica (which he invented as well) the guitar and penny whistle. To hear some music that Ben's presenter (G.Robin Smith) has created using those last two instruments, listen to a snippet from the song "Goodbye St. Marie" from the group Trilsean's recent CD - "Love is a Labyrinth". Go to (copy and paste that into your browser)


The one stop Web address to find out where Ben is
and what Ben is doing:
This program is available in your area to help raise funds for your group

"Benjamin Franklin, Innovative American, Live! & Inperson-ated."
Dates Available for a Fundraiser to benefit YOUR cause Contact us for details.

G.Robin Smith's acclaimed portrayal of "Benjamin Franklin - Innovative American brings the world of Dr. Franklin to life. Presentational and interactive, Dr. Franklin entertains, educates and motivates his audiences to experience history as essential and important to their lives. Using the Chautauqua tradition of teaching history, G.Robin Smith's "presentation" brings the reality of Franklin's legacy into focus in a manner that is both accessible and enjoyable. A refreshing way to learn, Benjamin Franklin, Innovative American, uses the audience's own conversations with Dr. Franklin to provide a unique and intimate "brush" with history.

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Past Presentations:
Allegro Coffee House, Seattle WA
Arrowhead Elementary, Bellevue WA
Bellingham WA - Christ the King Auditorium
Benjamin Franklin Elementary (twice now) - Kirkland Washington
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro - Bellingham WA
Corvallis, Oregon - Lectures on Medieval History.
Deer Lagoon Grange, Langley WA (Whidbey Island)
Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center
Eugene Oregon - Riverside Inn - Guest Auctioneer
Everett WA Marina Waterfront, at the "Wet Paint" Artists at Work Festival.
Everett - WA, Police Retirement Celebration.
Hawaii - Waikiki, Ben made an appearance at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Century Ride Celebration (and G.Robin Smith biked 100 miles as the finale to a $5,600.00 + fundraising drive for the LLS.)
Hill College - Hillsboro TEXAS
Imagine Children's Museum - Everett, WA
Kirkland WA Library
Lake Chelan (WA) Conference for Social Studies Teachers - Keynote Speaker
Layland Museum, Cleburne TEXAS
Light the Night Walk - Greenlake, Seattle, WA
Masonic Inaugural Ball - 01/20/09 Washington DC
Medina Elementary, Kirkland WA
Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder Day School, Seattle, WA
Mission Mill Museum at their Pleasant Grove Church, Salem OREGON.
Montlake Elementary, Seattle, WA
North Bend Library North Bend WA
Northern Idaho: Athol, Idaho - Fundraisers - Auctioneer and "Buy-a-Life" Tourney host. The Olevia Gardner School of Dance and Performing Arts - Seattle
San Juan Community Theatre
SeaTac DoubleTree Inn (NorWesCon:
Snohomish Library - Snohomish WA
Southern Oregon: Gold Beach OR. "Buy a Life" Fundraiser Tournament for the LLS 2007.
Stanwich School, Greenwich CONNECTICUT. Medieval and Ancient Greece programs
Symetra Bellevue Family 4th of July. Ben Franklin, special guest.
University District Rotary Club - Seattle Yacht Club
Upstage Restaurant Port Townsend WA for the Jefferson County Foodbank and the Paradise Theatre School.
Victory Studios - Interbay Seattle - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society "Pennies for Patients Program" Video.
West Albany High School - Albany Oregon
West Seattle High School - Seattle WA
Washington Library Media Association Fall Conference - SeaTac WA - Workshop on Chautauqua
Washington State PTA Conference, SeaTac (2006, 2007)
Woodinville Unitarian Church - Benefit for Tent City Four

Aegis Retirement Home Northgate, Seattle WA
Brighton School - Benjamin Franklin - Lynnwood WA.
Chalet Retirement Home - Renton WA
Daughters of the American Revolution Hall, Seattle WA
Dragon's Sphere Campground - Randle WA
Fred Lind Retirement Home - Seattle WA
Fremont Baptist Church - Seattle WA
Fresh Paint Arts Festival, Everett WA
Horizon School - Shoreline WA
Merill Gardens at Northgate Seattle WA
Monroe (the City of) "First Night Out" event.
Norman Rockwell Elementary - Kirkland WA
Northstar Alternative Junior High - Kirkland WA
The Peanut Gallery Seattle WA
Peninsula High School - Gig Harbor WA
The Pub at Piper's Creek - Seattle WA
San Jose California August 23-24 - Fundraiser and Workshop.
Shawn O'Donnell's Restaurant in Everett WA
Sultan School - Sultan WA


Testimonials (write us for contact information of the individuals listed)

Bettye Cook - Program Specialist Layland Museum Cleburne Texas
"...We enjoyed your thoughtful, well-researched portrayal of Franklin very much. It was a total success. "

Robert Herold – Head Teacher – Northstar Alt. Jr. High. Kirkland Washington

There was magic afoot at our school when Ben Franklin made his appearance! Through the talents of GregRobin Smith, Franklin was made real -- not only his genius, but his flaws. As such, Franklin was seen
as a remarkable human being and not a two-dimensional figure. This
was an outstanding and enriching performance and would be suitable for
grades 4--12. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a personal
reference: Robert Herold, Head Teacher & Social Studies Chair,
Northstar Junior High
From Horizon School – Shoreline Washington

"Dear Robin,
Your performance was really fabulous! I have heard nothing but rave
reviews from people. My students really loved it and had all types of
comments and questions, not only to you that night, but to me the next
day. Thank you again so much! Your performance was really appreciated!
Nancy King


G. Robin Smith was fabulous and truly believable as Benjamin Franklin.
The audience was particularly enthusiastic about how he fielded
questions in character and "in period" historically. As a teacher, I
watched my own students (4th and 5th graders) eagerly coming up with
some really good questions and lingering after the performance to talk
to him and ask more. It really made history come alive for them! I
saw the results in their questions and enthusiasm the next day in
school. The class has decided after watching the performance to each
choose a person in history, read and research that person, and, in
costume and in first person, present their famous "selves" to the
class as a project and are very enthusiastic! He provided a perfect
"jumping off" step for this project and truly brought my American
history unit on Colonial America to life. I highly recommend his
performance as an assembly or, as we did, as a fundraiser in the

Nancy King, Horizon School
From the Snohomish Washington Library (pronounced snow – HOME – ish)
"Thank you so much for your exceptional presentation of Ben Franklin @
the Snohomish Library tonight. Our audience was delighted with your
performance and the opportunity
to learn more about Ben Franklin and our country's history."
Rebecca L. Loney, Managing Librarian, Snohomish Library
From the North Bend Washington Library
"I have had many comments about how successful your "Ben Franklin, Live
and In-personated" program was.

It is sometimes hard for our North Bend Library to present a program
that reaches students and adults as well. I felt you did a great job
of speaking to all ages.
I would gladly recommend your program to the other libraries in our
Thank you again for bringing this rich program to our community.

Lois Hartwig
Asst. Managing Librarian
North Bend and Snoqualmie Libraries
"What a Performance! We were delightfully entertained & equally
impressed with the centuries of history shared! We plan to bring our
neices [sic] & nephews next time!"
Yours truly, Lynda & Stan Boyle Jan 2006.
From: Don Bangert
Date: Apr 26, 2006 8:38 AM
Subject: Fw: [Current Observations] An Evening With Dr. Franklin

The junta began at 7p.m. and lasted for about an hour. Dr. Franklin
regaled us with his various adventures growing up in and around
Boston." "I wish, however, to impress
upon you the importance of seeking to meet with Dr. Franklin at one of
his local juntas. Trust me... It will be well worth your time and
energy. He is engaging, enlightening, as well as entertaining. I
especially enjoyed the generous question and answer period. Opening
the floor up to questions from the audience, he answered in a way that
only Benjamin Franklin could. Also, if you're a organizer for a
community group, school, church or fundraiser, this is an excellent
presentation for your event.

In closing, I wanted to personally thank the man behind the costume:
G. Robin Smith. It's never easy standing before a room of complete
strangers, let alone opening yourself up to their questions. You've
taken the time to research Benjamin Franklin and it shows in your
conversations. Again, Mr. Smith, thank you!
Posted by Don Bangert to Current Observations

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