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Preserving history at the State House

Secretary Gorbea holds rededication ceremony for the State House Charter Museum.

Providence, RI Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea celebrated the rededication of the State House Charter Museum. Over 50 members from the community including elected officials and history enthusiasts attended a reception in the State House Library followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the entrance to the Museum.

The event highlighted the brand new, locally crafted display cases for the Royal Charter of 1663, a priceless document from our state's history that guaranteed Rhode Island settlers freedom of religion and the freedom to govern themselves. Sandberg Machine, a manufacturing company in Burrillville created the state of the art cases, which will preserve and protect the three panels of the Royal Charter.

"The Royal Charter signifies that our democracy is fueled by those who are passionate and engaged with government, something that I try to promote throughout Rhode Island," Secretary Gorbea said. "With close to 15,000 individuals touring the State House each year, we wanted to ensure that this historically significant document was available to the public for generations to come."

The Rhode Island State House Charter Museum is located in Room 143 of the State House. It is now open for public viewing of the Charter as well as other historically significant items relevant to Rhode Island history.


Media contact: Nicole Lagace (401) 330-3180

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  • Release date: 01-28-2016

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