Thursday, April 21, 2005

Philadelphians To Graduate From ‘Benstitute’

PHILADELPHIA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – While the class of 2005 is about to graduate, on May 26 some 30 individuals in Philadelphia will graduate from something called the “Benstitute.”

The so-called Benstitute is named after Benjamin Franklin –who would have been 300 years old this May – and will train storytellers and re-enactors to be ambassadors to tourists from Memorial Day to Labor Day for the program “Once Upon a Nation.”

Graduates from the Benstitute will then park their posteriors on 13 park benches stationed around Philadelphia and recount short stories that happened on those locations.

One mystery that storytellers still talk about today is the disappearance of a packet of papers Franklin gave to Thomas Jefferson while on his deathbed. The papers detailed how Franklin supported having England as a trading partner in 1790.

Thomas returned the papers to Franklin’s heir but kicked himself for not keeping them, because the influential documents were never seen again, and no one could prove they existed.

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