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Fun Find Friday

May 22, 2015

Location: Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom

The Liberty Tree Tavern is home to one of the most delicious meals on Disney property. Included in the meal are slices of turkey, ham, macaroni and cheese, green beans, but most importantly, it is served with a side of Fun Finds!

Within the restaurant there are six different rooms each themed around a different historical figure that made America the great nation that it is today. While each room is scattered with details to help characterise each person, there is a hidden detail within each room that most guests overlook.

When the restaurant was first built, the Imagineers shared a secret with the cast members who began working there opening day. Each of the six rooms features one item that was owned or created by the historical figure that the room represented. Today we are going to be taking a look at this bookcase in the Benjamin Franklin room:

Ben Franklin

While at first glance the book case doesn't seem to be anything exceptionally special, one item on the shelves is extremely unique. When Benjamin Franklin was only 15 years old, he began to work for his brother's newspaper, The New England Courant. To help fill the various pages of the paper, Benjamin's brother, James, had some of his friends write articles to be included in the paper. Ben, who wanted to contribute as well, didn't think his brother would allow him to write due to the fact that he was an apprentice so he came up with an idea. He began to write letters to the newspaper under the  pseudonym Silence Dogood.

Silence Dogood's contributions to the paper became a hot topic, but 16 letters latter Ben confessed he was the author which caused a rift between Ben and his brother. Benjamin fled to Pennsylvania where he continued to thrive in writing for various papers that he eventually decided to write an almanac. In 1732, Benjamin Franklin began to write under another pseudonym, Richard Saunders, for his own annual almanac known as Poor Richard's Almanack. The almanac would go on to be a annual best seller and resulted in Benjamin Franklin entering a much bigger role in the foundation of America.

I know what you're thinking: why the long history lesson? About halfway up the bookshelf is an open book. The book? None other than a first edition of Poor Richard's Almanack!

Poor Richard's Almanac


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