The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation is to generate investments of public and private funds that enhance and support the goals of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to inspire others to use Pennsylvania's history in meaningful ways.
Pennsylvania was created when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in March 1681. The 343-year-old Charter, often referred to as Pennsylvania’s birth certificate, is written on parchment using iron gall ink. The Pennsylvania State Archives preserves the document in a high-security vault, shielding it from strong light and environmental fluctuations.
The 1681 Charter will be on display on Sunday, March 10, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the new Pennsylvania State Archives facility, 1681 N. Sixth Street, Harrisburg.
Participating sites on the Pennsylvania Trails of History will be offering free admission. Click for details from each site.
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) is pleased to announce the launch of PA History 2 Go, an engaging and educational series of videos designed to attract virtual visitors to the Pennsylvania Trails of History and deepen their understanding of Pennsylvania's rich history.
Each video explores a particular site or facet of Pennsylvania history, including architectural wonders, historical narratives, and artistic treasures that have shaped Pennsylvania's unique identity.
Click the logo above to be directed to PHMC's Collection of Videos
Sam Sweet has recently been appointed Executive Director of The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation, the statewide, independent, non-profit partner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) that supports the preservation and presentation of the rich heritage of the Commonwealth's historic sites and museums. Sam brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, leading cultural and educational institutions to the next level and promoting growth, innovation and greater community impact. He began on September 5. He looks forward to engaging Pennsylvanians who are passionate about history and who want to support and sustain our state’s historic stories and treasures.
The Pennsylvania Heritage® magazine is published quarterly as a benefit of membership with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation or The State Museum of Pennsylvania affiliate membership. It is also available by subscription only for $35.00.
Click here if you would like more information about the magazine, to renew or purchase a subscription, or to purchase back issues.
In the Winter months, some of the sites on the Pennsylvania Trails of history enter "hibernation" while some reduce their hours. Several sites have grounds that are open for walking and hiking (no facilities). Click to view the updated information.
PLEASE contact the individual sites before venturing out.
PHMC's Historic Sites and Museums provide an assortment of events on the Pennsylvania Trails of History. Visit our Event Pages for both In-person and Virtual Events happening throughout the Trails of History and beyond. Many of the historic sites and museums provide fun, family activities year round for all generations to enjoy. Or, be an armchair traveler and immerse yourself in virtual events and tours.
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