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Philosophical Hall

 
 
Philosophical Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Philosophical Hall Marker
Inscription. Built 1786-89, Philosophical Hall is the home of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in America. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the society pursued "useful knowledge."
One of the society's early members, artist Charles Willson Peale, operated a museum here displaying natural and man made curiosities, complete with a noisy outdoor menagerie featuring baboons, panthers, bears, elk, and a bald eagle.
The American Philosophical Society still owns and occupies the building.
 
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
 
Location. 39° 56.93′ N, 75° 8.901′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds near 4th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Custom House (here, next to this marker); A Street Scene in the Capital City (a few steps from this marker); Philadelphia Bank Building (a few steps from this marker); The Signer (within shouting distance of this marker); Gilbert Stuart House
Philosophical Hall Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Philosophical Hall Plaque
The
American Philosophical Society
Founded by
Benjamin Franklin
1743
Outgrowth of the Junto 1727 Reorganized 1769
The first learned society in
the British Plantations in America
This Building was erected 1786 - 1789
(within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph and Amy Cassey (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Bank of the United States (within shouting distance of this marker); Library of the American Philosophical Society (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. It is to a marker about a lesser-known founder of the Society.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 944 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
 
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