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tandt trans 65hCulture rarely stands still. New ideas are formed, new cultures arrive, new inventions are adopted. The people that shape and are shaped by culture are in a constant state of reaction and adaptation. The result is a history of turmoil and transition. This is true of Lancaster County and the nation. It is often within the times of greatest turmoil and transitions that we learn the most about what it means to be American. It is then that we learn what lies at the core of our uniquely American worldview. It is during those times of turmoil and transition, while our worldviews seem to be changing dramitcally, that we discover some ideals do, in fact, remain the same. These ideals—liberty & freedom, tolerance & diversity, democracy & the political process—were molded and shaped in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


 

Penn’s 'Holy Experiment'

In 1681 King Charles II granted land in America to William Penn in payment of a debt owed to Penn's father. The English crown was glad to be rid of Penn and his Quakers, who were imprisoned for spreading their "heretical beliefs." Penn wanted his settlement to provide sanctuary to all who were under religious oppression.

 
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County,
Commonwealth
& Country

For hundreds of years Lancaster has helped to shape the story of America.

 This program made possible through the generous support of

the Richard C. von Hess Foundation

&

the National Endowment for the Humanities

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