a Diffusion of Useful Knowldge

What consititutes useful knowledge? This exhibit looks at both what knowledge was deemed important from the 18th century Enlightement Encyclopédie to the influence of Benjamin Franklin to the 19th cenutry Lyceum Movement and how that knowledge was conveyed. The name of the exhibit was inspired by the influential English Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge that published numerous inexpensive texts aimed at the self-education of the masses.

Credits

DePaul University Special Collections and Archives, Chicago, IL..