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HARRISBURG, Pa. - The English king's land grant to William Penn is going to be displayed at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg for about a week next month.
 
The original 1681 Penn Charter, sometimes called the state's birth certificate, will be shown starting March 3 and running through Charter Day, March 11. It was a grant from King Charles II.
 
The Historical and Museum Commission says the parchment is fragile, so it'll be exhibited behind a protective shield, with low light and controlled temperature.
 
Also being shown is a recently conserved 1754 letter from John Harris, describing distances from his home in present-day Harrisburg to Logs Town, near what is now Pittsburgh.
 
Admission to the museum is free on March 11. 


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