Museum curators and educators will led the six Pennsylvania focused programs. Families will experience a guided gallery tour and a discussion about the day’s topic, then participate in a hands-on family activity. These programs will give your family an opportunity to engage with our museum’s staff, ask questions and work together. After the program, families may continue exploring more about the topic with a museum scavenger hunt. Staff will be available for Q & A before and after the program.
Each program starts at 10am and is expected to last 1 1/2 hours.
Programs will be open for a limited number of participants. Registration and pre-payment is required.
Rates: $3 per person for members. $10 per person for non-members. At least one adult is required to register with each family.
Deadline for registration is the day prior to each program. Call 717-772-6997 or email RA-PHGROUPS@PA.gov to register now.
February 8, 2023 Pennsylvania’s Land and People
Pennsylvania is not one place but many. From 1870 to 1920, T.M. Fowler created panoramic views of cities and towns, including many in Pennsylvania.
Using these hand-drawn images, Senior Curator of History, Dr. Curt Miner will discuss how regionally-specific natural resources transformed Pennsylvania communities during the Industrial era. Using our Giant Map of Pennsylvania, participants will learn about the various regions within the Commonwealth that together define the place we call Pennsylvania and create a custom passport to “travel the state.”
March 15, 2023 William Penn’s Holy Experiment
William Penn’s “Holy Experiment” established the foundations for Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania was created when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in 1681. The Pennsylvania State Archives preserves the original Charter in a high-security vault, shielding it from strong light and environmental fluctuations. A copy of this document is on display in Memorial Hall at the State Museum throughout the year.
Archivist Brett Reigh will discuss the history of the original 1681 Penn Charter and the research resources available at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Explore the process used to create the document, such as iron gall ink, quill pens, parchment paper and block printing, and then create your own document using similar techniques.