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.
Registration and pre-payment is required.
Each program starts at 10am and is expected to last 1 1/2 hours. Programs will be open for a limited number of participants.
Rates: $3 per person for members. $10 per person for non-members. At least one adult is required to register with each family.
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- Guided Tour/Presentation/Discussion from a Curator
- Hands-on activity based
- Self-guided gallery scavenger hunt/activity
- Access to hands-on education collection and to staff for Q & A