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Inside Ben Franklin's World - A Conversation with Liz Covart

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"Ben Franklin's World" is a podcast focusing on a variety of subjects in early America. Join us for a conversation with host Liz Covart.

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Ben Franklin was a 18th century Renaissance Man – world traveler, printer, scientist, inventor, and politician are just some of the titles that can be attributed to the famous Philadelphian. Many of his thoughts, ideas and creations still influence our lives today. In the spirit of his legacy, the "Ben Franklin’s World" podcast examines a wide variety of topics in American History from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Produced by the Omohundro Institute, one of the leading scholarly organizations in the world dedicated to the study of early America, the show examines the nation’s founding, slavery, sailing ships and early American views on death—to name just a few topics!

Join us on October 28 as HSP’s Director of Reference Services Anthony DiGiovanni sits down for a conversation with the podcast’s host and creator, Liz Covart. Learn about how the podcast got started, stories from the show, and some connections to HSP’s collection.

Speaker's Bio: Liz Covart is the creator, host, and executive producer of "Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History," winner of the Best History Podcast Award in 2017. As the Digital Projects Editor at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Liz practices a blend of scholarly history, public history, and digital humanities. While the OI’s primary focus is supporting scholars and scholarship related to early America, broadly understood, Liz experiments with social and new media to communicate scholarly history to large public audiences. She believes if granted convenient access to the work of historians, the public will take an interest in history and become interested in it.

Liz earned her Ph.D.in History from the University of California, Davis. For more information visit: lizcovart.com

Anthony DiGiovanni is the Director of Cataloguing and Reference Services at HSP. His work focuses on the management of printed and published materials through cataloguing, catalog maintenance and collection development, as well as overseeing the reference department and conducting research consultations. His historical interests focus on early America, the Gilded Age and early 20th century America.

Anthony holds a bachelor's degree in history from Rutgers University - Camden, and a master's in library and information science from San Jose State University.

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This program is co-sponsored by the Omohundro Institute. Founded in 1943, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture (OI) is an independent research organization located on the campus of primary sponsor William & Mary. The OI supports the scholars and scholarship of early American history, broadly understood to include all territories in the Atlantic World and a time period of roughly 1450 to 1820. You can read more about them at https://www.oieahc.wm.edu.

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The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies and one of the largest family history libraries in the nation. Following a complete merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, HSP is also a leading repository of immigrant and ethnic history. It is second only to the Library of Congress for material on the nation’s founding and is the country’s third most popular destination for genealogical study. With approximately 21 million records including manuscripts, graphics, and books that span over 350 years of history, HSP is an invaluable resource for learning about our past.

HSP serves thousands of on-site visitors each year. It also offers a research-by-mail service and extensive online resources, including a library catalog, finding aids, digital collection, and curricular materials. HSP hosts educator workshops and public programs, and publishes a quarterly scholarly journal. To learn more about HSP or to become a Friend, visit us at www.hsp.org.


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