Friday, March 5, 2010

This Day In History: Who Put the "Penn" in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvanians, rejoice! Yesterday marked the anniversary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania being deeded to William Penn, our founder. Government was established in Pennsylvania on March 4, 1681, after King Charles II gave the land to Penn as a way of repaying a debt the king owed to Penn's deceased father. Penn planned to make Pennsylvania into a sanctuary of religious freedom for Quaker refugees.

Stop by the NCC Libraries to read more about Penn's life and the history of our state:


Promised Land: Penn's Holy Experiment, the Walking Purchase, and the Dispossession of Delawares, 1600-1763

by Steven Craig Harper

F 152 .H38 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe


Freedom Seeker: A Story About William Penn

by Gwenyth Swain

E-BOOK (Online)


Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth

by Randall M. Miller

F 149 .P366 2002 Stacks, Main and Monroe


William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania, 1680-1684: A Documentary History

by Jean R. Soderlund

F 152.2 .W53 1983 Stacks, Main

Also available as an e-book (online)


William Penn, Politics and Conscience

by Mary Maples Dunn

JC 153 .P4 D8 Stacks, Main


The History of Pennsylvania, in North America, From the Original Institution and Settlement of That Province, Under the First Proprietor and Governor, William Penn, in 1681, Till After the Year 1742

by Robert Proud
F 152 .P7 Stacks, Main
(2 volumes)

Penn Pictures: The Founder of Pennsylvania
by Irwin Richman
F 152.2 .R57 Stacks, Main


William Penn's Holy Experiment: The Founding of Pennsylvania, 1681-1701

by Edwin B. Bronner

F 152 .B84 Stacks, Main


William Penn: A Biography

by Catherine Owens Peare

F 152.2 .P34 Stacks, Main

Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims

by William Penn

E-BOOK (Online)


Works Cited:


"Penn, William." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 7 Dec. 2009. https://libprox.northampton.edu/login?url=http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9059077.>


"Penn, William." Online image. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 7 Dec. 2009. https://libprox.northampton.edu/login?url=http://search.eb.com/eb/art-99929/William-Penn.>


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