Matzie recognizes Charter Day’s historical significance

HARRISBURG, March 20 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 137 today, sponsored by state Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, designating March 14, 2017, as “Charter Day” in Pennsylvania.

H.R. 137 commemorates the charter King Charles II of England granted William Penn on March 4, 1681, to repay Penn for the debt owed to his father and defining the boundaries of Pennsylvania.

“Charter Day honors the important roles both King Charles II and William Penn played in the founding of Pennsylvania and this great nation,” Matzie said. “Not only were they responsible for establishing our commonwealth’s boundaries, William Penn wrote a Frame of Government establishing democratic principles still in use today such as freedom of worship, the use of elected representative assemblies and fair trials featuring independent juries.”

In addition to recognizing the significance of Penn and King Charles II, H.R. 137 encourages state residents, schools and other educational institutions to participate in “Charter Day” activities held across the commonwealth. These events included the 18th Annual Charter Day, hosted by the State Museum of Pennsylvania Day on Sunday, March 12.

“The likeness of King Charles II still survives to this day on a 336-year old, four-page parchment charter that is currently on display at the State Museum in Harrisburg until March 17,” Matzie said. “As a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, I felt it was important this resolution recognize the volunteers and historical societies who work hard to educate Pennsylvanians about the significance of the Charter and the democratic principles established by William Penn.”

For more information about dates and times for the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s “Pennsylvania Charter” exhibit, please visit www.statemuseumpa.org/events/.