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Daniel Boone
"I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks."
Bill Cosby
"Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children."
Fisher Ames
“Should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples, captivating and noble. In no book is there so good English, so pure and so elegant;  and by teaching all the same book, they will speak alike, and the Bible will justly remain the standard of language as well as of faith.”
Author of First Amendment
Patrick Henry
"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains."
Benjamin Franklin
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"
Founding Father
Charles Carroll
"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
Signer of Declaration of Independence
Pennsylvania flag
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Hemlock Trees mountain laurel


Entered the Union: December 12, 1787 (2) Capital: Harrisburg
Origin of Name: In honor of Admiral Sir William Penn, father of William Penn. It means “Penn's Woodland.”
State Nickname: Keystone State
State Motto: Virtue, liberty, and independence
State Flower: Mountain Laurel State Tree: Hemlock
State Animal: White-tailed Deer State Bird: Ruffed Grouse
State Song: "Pennsylvania" State Dog: Great Dane
National Forest: 1 • State Forests: 20 • State Parks: 116 • State Game Lands: 294
Famous For: Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall
Famous Pennsylvanians: Louisa May Alcott, Mary Roberts Rinehart, John Updike (novelists), Samuel Barber, Stephen Foster (composers), Daniel Boone (frontiersman), James Buchanan (President), Bill Cosby, Gene Kelly, James Stewart (actors), Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey (band leaders), W.C. Fields (comedian), Robert Fulton (inventor), Grace (princess of Monaco), Reggie Jackson (baseball), Geore McClellan (general), Andrew Mellon (financier), Arnold Palmer (golfer), Robert Peary (explorer), Betsy Ross (flagmaker), Andrew Wyeth (painter)
Animals and Birds: Click on photos of the animals and birds on this page to find out more about them and to hear the sounds they make.
State Fair: Allentown
Liberty Bell
Independence Hall
Valley Forge
Maple Lake
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Great Dane
State Fair: Bloomsburg
State Fair: Euphrata
Pennsylvania National Forest
Pennsylvania State Forests
Pennsylvania State Parks
Pennsylvania Historic Sites
Pennsylvania Attractions
Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
Skiing in Pennsylvania
Fishing in Pennsylvania
Hunting in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Homeschooling
Listen to Ruffed Grouse Song
Pennsylvania Photo Gallery
Pennsylvania Butterfly Gallery
Pennsylvania Resorts
Pennsylvania RV Parks
Pennsylvania territory was disputed in the early 1600s among the Dutch, the Swedes, and the English. England acquired the region in 1664 with the capture of New York, and in 1681 Pennsylvania was granted to William Penn, a Quaker, by King Charles II.
Philadelphia was the seat of the federal government almost continuously from 1776 to 1800. There the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution drawn up in 1787.
Pennsylvania is full of rolling hills, lush forests and millions of acres of farmland.
Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell.
The nation's first circulating library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, was founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin and others.
Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.
The first commercial broadcast station in the world was KDKA in Pittsburgh, which started daily schedule broadcasting on November 2, 1920.
The first all-motion-picture theater in the world was opened on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh on June 19, 1905. The Warner brothers began their careers in western Pennsylvania.
The earliest successful experiment of Thomas A. Edison with electric lighting was made in Sunbury.
The first U.S. zoo was built in Philadelphia in 1876.
Each year on Christmas day the "Crossing of the Delaware" is reenacted at Washington Crossing.
In 1940, Pennsylvania opened the first high-speed, multi-lane highway in the nation, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which set the pattern for modern super-highways throughout the nation.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in rural population, number of licensed hunters, State Game Lands, covered bridges, meat packing plants, mushroom production, potato chip production, pretzel bakeries and sausage production.
Pennsylvania's nickname, the Keystone State refers to the central stone in an arch which holds all of the other stones together. Pennsylvania was in the center of the original 13 colonies (6 above it and 6 below it), and was also central to much of the economic, social, and political development of the country.
Indiana County is the Christmas Tree capital of the world.
In 1909 the first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh.
In 1913 the first automobile service station opened in Pittsburgh.
In 1946 Philadelphia became home to the first computer.
The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1784.
Drake Well Museum in Titusville is on the site where Edwin L. Drake drilled the world's first oil well in 1859 and launched the modern petroleum industry.
In 1775 in Philadelphia, Johann Behrent built the first piano in America.
Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia.
The Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg is the longest stone arch bridge in the world.
Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the United States.
Pittsburgh is famous for manufacturing steel. Its NFL football team is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Since 1833, Nazareth has been the home of Martin guitars.
Philadelphia was once the United States' capital city.
Pennsylvania's Ethnic Roots: German 27.66%, Irish 17.66%, Italian 12.82%, English 8.89%, Polish 7.2%
Religion in Pennsylvania: 93.45% Christian (53.45% Catholic, 40% Protestant), 3.98% Jewish, 1% Muslim, 0.44% LDS
Pennsylvania has the highest concentration of Amish in the U.S.
The Borough of Kane is known as the Black Cherry Capital of the World.
Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.