Charter Day

Essential Pittsburgh
4:25 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Preserving Pennsylvania’s 333-Year-Old Birth Certificate

"Charter Day" was first celebrated in 1953 when Governor John Fine declared the official date March 14th.
Credit Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

Over ten thousand people visited historic sites in the Commonwealth this week to celebrate Pennsylvania’s history. This year marks the 333 birthday of the Pennsylvania Charter given by King Charles of Great Britain to William Penn on March 4, 1681.

Howard Pollman, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, says the Charter is meticulously preserved at the State Museum in Harrisburg and reveals much about the zeitgeist of the era. 

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