There has been a lot of buzz about the video below on the interwebz.
You could probably say its a Public Service Announcement from the past as Ben Franklin (as played by Richard Easton) gives an inspirational message on the teachings, philosophy, and meaning of Masonry.
Give it a watch if you haven’t already.
Interestingly, the video is billed as coming from the Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Portugal (GLNP) at www.glnp.pt (archive page), not a Grand Lodge you would automatically connect with Franklin.
Update- A recent Comment points the video back to the GL of Massachusetts which makes much more sense, but a quick walk through on their site dind’t turn up any mention of it?
Unrelated to the video, I found a quote from the U.S. Embasy in Portugal about their academic a summer institute on the seemingly important signifigence of the unmistakenly American statesman and the comparatively ancient nation of Portugal (its name derrives from the Roman name Portus Cale (Port of Cale) saying :
The initiative (not the video) is named after the legendary American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin in honor of the inspiration his own life and career provides to those who are working to strengthen transatlantic cooperation. In today’s terms, Franklin could be called a transatlantic man, someone whose career, interests, studies and life took him back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing Americans and Europeans closer in understanding. Even 300 years after his birth, Franklin’s life offers inspiration to young citizens of today in the effort to bridge the Atlantic. As a diplomat and a printer, he leveraged the powers of diplomacy and of the media to explore how Americans and Europeans see each other and the world.
And now it seems as a Freemason, he’s spanning the Antlantic once more in engaging the American fraternity.