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Celebrate Pennsylvania’s Birthday with Free Admission to PA Trails of History Sites and Museums


Harrisburg – Join the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in celebrating the commonwealth’s 335th birthday on Charter Day, Sunday, March 13, with free admission to many of the historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History. 
Pennsylvania was created when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in 1681. Once each year the Pennsylvania State Archives exhibits the original document, for a limited time, at the State Museum. For the remainder of the year the Charter is safeguarded in a special vault within the Archives.
In addition to the Charter, The State Archives will present “Mushy Manuscripts and Disappearing Ink” at 12:30 P.M, 1:30 P.M., 2:30 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. in the State Museum’s Nature Lab. This special program highlights how paper is made, how ink in the 19th century was produced and issues involving conservation.
Admission to The State Museum is free on Charter Day, Sunday, March 13, only, and includes visits to the Planetarium, the Curiosity Connection and galleries. Free tickets are required for the Planetarium and the Curiosity Connection.
The Pennsylvania Charter will remain on display through Thursday, March 17 at the museum.
In addition to programing at The State Museum, many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History will offer free admission on Sunday, March 13. 
Participating historic sites and museums include: 
• Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton
• Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf
• Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwall
• Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro
• Drake Well Museum, Titusville
• Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly
• Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata
• Erie Maritime Museum & Flagship Niagara, Erie
• Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh 
• Graeme Park, Horsham
• Hope Lodge, Ft. Washington
• Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland 
• Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Lancaster 
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Ulysses 
 Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville
• Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg
• Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg
• Somerset Historical Center, Somerset
For more information on Charter Day 2016, visit
MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639

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