Take a closer look at the events and people that helped settle Colonial Pennsylvania. Explore hands-on objects, crafts, games and learn from curators, archivists and educators the history of this era.
– Presentations from the Pennsylvania State Archives will focus on William Penn’s original 1681 Charter, Pennsylvania’s “birth certificate,” as well as four rarely seen Indian deeds. Penn had insisted on paying the Indians for their land. His first purchase in 1682 was negotiated by Deputy Governor William Markham, but Penn went on to personally negotiate at least 10 deeds of purchase, beginning in 1683. An archivist will be on hand to discuss the documents and their importance to the commonwealth.
– The museum’s curatorial and education staff will be giving gallery presentations on historical archaeology, the Pennsylvania long rifle, Native Americans and William Penn, and the exhibit Every Thing of Interest Shown: T.M. Fowler’s Pennsylvania Bird’s-Eye Views.
– Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) librarians from the State Library of Pennsylvania will present “Sherlock Academy: Help Solve the Case of the Rotten Receipt,” using forensic handwriting analysis.
– Hands-on stations, Colonial Era games, and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the museum during the event.
– The Planetarium will feature a special classroom-style live lecture at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, The Moon and Revolutionary Events: The Boston Massacre. Using primary documents, this lecture will use history, art and science to provide a deeper understanding of this pivotal moment in the early formation of our nation.
– Also showing in the Planetarium at 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:00 PM will be Constellations. This planetarium show looks at these celestial images, their creators, and how modern astronomers catalog them. The show explores each season and where the most familiar constellations can be found in the Pennsylvania night sky throughout the year.
$10 per person (children under age 1 are free)
Members of PA Heritage Foundation and State Museum Affiliate Members – FREE
Pre-register between Tuesday, January 16 – Wednesday, March 7 and save $1 per person call (717)772-6997!
No coupons or passes will be accepted for this special event.