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American Philosophical Society

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The American Philosophical Society (APS), founded in 1743 in Philadelphia, is a scholarly organization that promotes knowledge in the sciences and humanities through research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin and is considered the first learned society in the United States.

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American Philosophical Society Hall
Philosophical Hall, the headquarters of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia
American Philosophical Society is located in Philadelphia
American Philosophical Society
American Philosophical Society is located in Pennsylvania
American Philosophical Society
American Philosophical Society is located in the United States
American Philosophical Society
Location104 S. Fifth St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates39°56′55.51″N 75°8′59.42″W
ArchitectSamuel Vaughan
Architectural styleGeorgian
NRHP reference No.66000675[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 12, 1965
Designated NHLJanuary 12, 1965

Philosophical Hall, the society's headquarters and a museum, is located just east of Independence Hall in Independence National Historical Park. In 1965, in recognition of the building's history, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The society has about 1,000 elected members. As of April 2020, 5,710 members had been inducted since its creation. Through research grants, published journals, the American Philosophical Society Museum, an extensive library, and regular meetings, the society supports a variety of disciplines in the humanities and the sciences.

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