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INDUSTRY NEWS NEW FRANKLIN MUSEUM O P E N S I N I N D E P E N D E N C E NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK PHILADELPHIA — The Benjamin Franklin Museum in Independence National Historical Park reopened in September after a two-year renovation project. Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Benjamin Franklin, the revitalized museum under the award-winning Franklin Court features personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive display. Five individual rooms reflect different aspects of Franklin's personality. Among the items on display are the Franklin family bible, armchairs used in Franklin's home, copies of the Pennsylvania Gazette and examples of Franklin's scientific equipment. Original artifacts also reveal Franklin's involvement in the creation of public institutions such as lending libraries, firefighting companies, the POTTERY MUSEUM TO OPEN IN RED W I N G , M I N N E S O TA RED WING, Minnesota — A new museum showcasing items made by the Red Wing Pottery Company during its 90-year existence from 1877 to 1967 will open next July in Red Wing's Historic Pottery District. The 14,000-square-foot facility will showcase 6,000 items in the former Minnesota Stoneware Company building and will include a research center, classroom, meeting space and a gift shop, which will sell collectible items that have been donated to the museum. The free museum will contain a sample of nearly every item made by the Red Wing Pottery Company, including a one-of-a-kind 70-gallon crock which was displayed at the main entrance 50 BANK TRAVEL M A N A G E M E N T University of Pennsylvania and schools for enslaved children. An animation titled "At the Cockpit" allows visitors to stand beside a life-size Franklin as he is summoned to appear before the British Privy Council on accusations of inciting riots against the crown. Many historians have viewed this incident as a turning point in Franklin's opinion toward possible separation from England. "We intentionally created this museum to generate discussion, to make visitors think about how Franklin embodied the best of the spirit of the 18th century and how his character and ideas are still relevant today," said Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park. of the Minnesota State Fair in the 1920s. The museum will anchor a newly rejuvenated Historic Pottery District that also includes the new Red Wing Brewery, Smokey Row Cafe, Kelly's Bar and Larry's Jugs antique shop, which features Red Wing Pottery and other collectible items. Courtesy Red Wing Pottery Company The new Red Wing Pottery Museum will showcase more than 6,000 pieces of stoneware. Courtesy NPS Examining historic documents at the newly renovated Franklin Museum OVERSEAS ADVENTURE T R AV E L L AU N C H E S SEVEN NEW TRIPS BOSTON — Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) has launched seven new small-group itineraries to meet the demand by baby boomers for adventure travel to of-the-beaten-path destinations with up-close, interactive experiences. Te tours are in southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South America and Central and Eastern Europe, said the company's CEO Vince Cook. "As more Americans turn 50, OAT is experiencing signifcant growth, especially among women, who now constitute 70 percent of our travelers, and solo travelers, who represent 35 percent of all bookings," said Cook. "With that growth, we're fnding more of our travelers have 'been there, done that' and are pushing us to add specifc, less-traveled destinations. "In response, we have created seven new adventures that take travelers to places like Bali's enchanting islands, central Europe's medieval cities and southern Africa's captivating game reserves." S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 3

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