The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of
“promoting useful knowledge.”
In the 21st century we sustain this mission in four principal ways. We honor and engage leading scholars, scientists, and professionals through elected membership and opportunity for interdisciplinary, intellectual fellowship, particularly in our semi-annual Meetings. We support research and discovery through grants and fellowships, lectures, publications, prizes, exhibitions, and public education. We serve scholars through a research library of manuscripts and other collections internationally recognized for their enduring historic value. We serve the public through exhibitions drawn from the Society’s collections, a website, and an array of public lectures, programs, and symposia. The American Philosophical Society’s current activities reflect the founder’s spirit of inquiry, provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and convey our conviction that intellectual inquiry and critical thought are inherently in the best interest of the public.
Recently the APS created a collaboration with another non-profit that would not have happened without the leadership of Laura Solomon & Associates. They worked diligently to make sure that our interests and mission were kept forefront while also maintaining the integrity of the other institution. Laura's knowledge of the process was invaluable as are her contacts within the system. LSA has advised us on many contract issues and has been a great general counsel to the APS.