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PA State Museum to display original Penn Charter

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 21, 2013 3:33 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The original Penn Charter that established Pennsylvania in 1681 is scheduled to be displayed for one week at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission says the document will go on display on March 10. That's the 332nd birthday of Pennsylvania and is also known as Charter Day.

The commission says England's King Charles II used the charter to grant the land that is now Pennsylvania to William Penn.

Also on display will be an 1863 note written by Gov. Andrew Curtin ordering the defense of Pennsylvania's border from "the Rebel Invader."

The document was written in the days before the Battle of Gettysburg, in which Northern forces turned away a Confederate advance. It's considered a pivotal moment in the American Civil War.

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