Franklin's Princess, on Exhibit in Philly
Benjamin Franklin met many people during his travels. But few dazzled him as much as the Russian princess Ekaterina Dashkova.
The founding father met Dashkova in Paris in 1781 and later nominated her as the first female member of the American Philosophical Society. Now, in honor of the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth, artifacts from Dashkova's life are on display in an exhibit at the society's headquarters in Philadelphia. It's called "The Princess and the Patriot."
Dashkova led a spirited life. At the age of 19, she participated in the 1762 overthrow of the Russian monarchy, dressed as a man. It was the revolt that brought her friend Catherine the Great to power.
Among the documents on display are dictionaries Dashkova translated, music she wrote, diaries and her extended correspondence with Franklin.
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