Bill of Rights copy to be shared between Pennsylvania and New York

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 19, 2013 4:53 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A hand-written copy of the Bill of Rights will be on display in Philadelphia next year as part of an agreement between the commonwealth and New York state.

Some believe the document may have originally belonged to Pennsylvania, but acknowledge that's impossible to prove.

The commonwealth's copy went missing in the 1800s and New York's is believed to have been destroyed in a fire.

Speaking on witf's Radio Pennsylvania program "Ask the Governor," Governor Corbett says the document has not been on public display, but that will change after it gets some special protection.

"New York has agreed through a generous donation from a contributor that they have up there at the Public Library to create this case to display it, protect it from sunlight," Corbett says. "It's a couple million dollars to build this case."

The agreement states the 1789 document will spend 60 percent of its time in New York over a 100-year period.

It will be at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia starting in fall 2014 until 2017.

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