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Celebrate Pennsylvania's 343rd Birthday








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. 

State-owned historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History will offer free admission on Sunday, March 10. 

Participating historic sites and museums include: 


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