On the second Sunday of March each year, Pennsylvania celebrates its founding when King Charles II of England gave a charter to William Penn in March 1681. Now we recognize in 2019 that the land declared as “Penn’s Woods” wasn’t the King’s to give and there were Lenape Native Americans living here. However observing the days such as Pennsylvania Charter Day can be a way to examine history of all peoples, choices made, and their meaning.
The year 2019 marks the 338th anniversary of the passing of the charter and in celebration, Pennsylvania has free admission to 21 state run and affiliated historical sites. For a full description of each site and the activities visit the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission website, pmhc.gov.pa , or Central PA news site Penn Live, pennlive.com . You can also view the actual parchment Charter on Sunday March 10th and hear a talk on the history. Full details on the PHMC website.