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American Philosophical SocietyAmerican Philosophical Society The oldest scholarly society in the United States was founded in Philadelphia in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin "for the promotion of useful knowledge among the British plantations in America." Two general meetings are held each year. Hundreds of members and guests attend these meetings to present and discuss papers on topics ranging from underwater archaeology to nuclear magnetic imaging, from the writings of Shakespeare to race relations.
Smithsonian InstitutionSmithsonian Institution Established in 1836 by a bequest left to the United States by a scientist who had never visited the country, the Smithsonian Institution is now the world's largest museum and research complex.
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