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Charter Day is an annual celebration of William Penn’s 1681 founding of Pennsylvania. In the last 330 years, the Commonwealth has been home to many of the nation’s most influential figures and the setting of our most important events. In short, we have a lot to celebrate!
Eckley Miners’ Village, near Weatherly, hosted a Charter Day celebration on March 8 that featured a family musical-comedy railroad show, period games and crafts for children, living history demonstrations, a museum scavenger hunt, and exhibits by various organizations. There was even free admission to the museum and village!
Dale Freudenberger represented the D&L, handing out literature and speaking with interested visitors. Dorian Roffe-Hammond, the newest edition to the D&L staff, manned an exhibit on the Anthracite Heritage Alliance and his work as coordinator of the recently initiated Office of Surface Mining/VISTA effort known as the Appalachian Coal County Watershed Team.
Check the Eckley Miners’ Village website for upcoming events, and remember to mark your calendars for this year’s Patch Town Days Anthracite Heritage Festival to be held June 20 and 21, from 10am-5pm.