The Ben Franklin Center is the ideal location for any gathering, large or small. We have five adjacent conference rooms of varying sizes to accommodate all of your needs. Whether you are planning a small event, meeting, or conference, our staff will gladly customize rooms to meet your requirements. Each room is equipped with wireless Internet connectivity using the Center's public-use laptop computers, and available for satellite broadcasts and computer classes.
The Crosby Room is equipped with an electronic touch-pad to control projection equipment; accommodates projection of slides, videoconferencing, overhead transparencies, and PowerPoint presentations. This room is also available for Satellite broadcasts and computers classes. Fifteen participants can be seated in this room.
The Crosby room highlights the life of Cornelia Crosby who was born in Phillips, ME. In 1987, the honor of receiving the first Maine guiding license went to “Fly Rod” as she was affectionately known. She also was Maine's first public-relations genius, arranging an elaborate hunting display at the First Annual Sportsmen's Show in New York City, starring herself, rifle in hand and wearing a doeskin skirt. Her sensational appearance at the show, together with the popularity of her syndicated column, Fly Rod’s Note Book, helped attract thousands of eager would-be outdoorsmen (and women), to the woods and streams of Maine.
The Allen Room is equipped with control projection equipment; accommodates projection of slides, videoconferencing, overhead transparencies, and PowerPoint presentations. This room is available for satellite broadcasts and computer classes. Fifteen participants can be seated in this room.
The Allen Room highlights the life of Elizabeth Akers Allen. Allen, who was born in Strong, ME, was an accomplished writer, journalist, and newspaper editor. Her first book of poetry, Forest Buds from the Woods of Maine, was well received and the earnings allowed her to travel to Europe, where she later penned her best-known poem, Rock Me to Sleep, Mother. The poem was published in the Saturday Evening Post and in her second book, Poems, in 1866.
The Chisholm room features a state of the art podium (equipped with a computer, DVD player, Internet access, VCR, document camera, audiocassette and CD player) and includes an electronic touch-pad system to control lights, projectors, video/audio conferencing equipment, and projection screens. The room is equipped for slide, document, video, and PowerPoint projection, as well as audio and video conferencing. The Chisholm room seats 25 people.
Our largest room, the G.H. Bass, is a multi-purpose room with a high tech podium that includes a computer, cable TV, DVD player, Internet access, VCR, document camera, audiocassette and CD player appropriate for a variety of uses. The podium also includes an electronic touch-pad system to control lights, window shades, projector, video /audio conferencing equipment, and projection screen. This room also has a built-in stage and stage lighting. Up to one hundred and fifty people can be seated in this room.
Adjacent to the G.H. Bass is an outdoor patio with a beautifully landscaped waterfall and gazebo.
* Equipped with a computer, projection screen(s), DVD, Internet Access, audio conference, video & audiocassette replay ability, cable TV.