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FILE PHOTOA Ben Franklin impersonator, shown here at an earlier visit, will be at the George Taylor House Sunday. FILE PHOTOA Ben Franklin impersonator, shown here at an earlier visit, will be at the George Taylor House Sunday.

Children: George Taylor House mouse seeks name

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by mark reccek Special to The Press in Local News

Meet Ben Franklin event set for Aug. 6

Who will name the George Taylor House mouse?

The George Taylor House is currently running a contest in conjunction with its Aug. 6 Meet Ben Franklin event.

The winner will be the child who chooses a name for Taylor’s legendary house mouse.

According to legend, Benjamin Franklin befriended a mouse named Amos back in 1745. Amos was allegedly responsible for nearly all of Franklin’s accomplishments, ranging from his inventions, published works and service as a statesman.

Archaeological excavation at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua has unveiled Taylor was familiar with mice as well.

Evidence may have been uncovered indicating Taylor was assisted by a mouse in the same way Franklin was.

Although a picture has been found of Taylor’s mouse, the mouse’s name has not been determined, so area children have been enlisted to come up with ideas for a name.

Event planners have been working with day cares, Vacation Bible Schools and the YMCA to get children involved in the contest and interested in attending Sunday’s event and meeting the Ben Franklin impersonator.

Sunday’s event is scheduled 1-4 p.m. The event will also include a viewing of the short Disney movie “Ben and Me” and refreshments.

Volunteers at the historic house hope to generate interest in local history and heritage with this contest.

The winner of the mouse-naming contest will be announced 3 p.m. and will receive a basket full of prizes.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 4.