This year PubComm will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Hall of the American Philosophical Society (APS).

The APS was imagined by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, and has been a site of intellectual endeavor ever since. Initially focusing on natural philosophy, the APS has also functioned as a national library and a patent office.

The current APS building was erected in the 1780s on land deeded to the society by the state. It has been host, over the years, to Charles Wilson Peale’s museum, courses of the University of Pennsylvania, and many other cultural organizations.

In the twentieth century, APS continued its support for intellectual investigation, among other efforts, playing a role in the restoration of Independence Hall National Historical Park, broadcasting science programs in Europe during World War II, and awarding prizes for achievement in science, history, and the arts,


“About,” American Philosophical Society, Accessed 15 February, 2017.