Articles of Confederation Day

Due to it’s historical significance and delicate nature, an original copy of  of the Articles of Confederation is only displayed at certain events so take advantage of seeing it while you can.

While you’re here, try your hand at quill pen writing, create your own flag that represents you or your family, and learn about techniques used to secretly pass information. For a photo op with countless captions, have your picture taken in the pillory.

Activities include:

  • Photo booth faceboards
  • Pay for your crime in the pillory
  • See and handle common forms of currency used during the colonial and revolutionary period
  • Learn about the different flags that have represented our nation and make one to represent you
  • Explore ways messages were decoded to keep them out of the enemy’s hands
  • Discover how the Articles united the 13 colonies into one nation through a hands on demonstration
  • Learn why the Articles were necessary and view the original printed document
  • Visit our a Revolutionary War soldier encamped  outside the Courthouse
  • Story Time!
    • 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1 PM, and 1:30 PM

Visit each station to find items for a scavenger hunt and ring the Courthouse bell when you’re finished.


Event Details

Colonial Complex
157 West Market Street
York, PA 17401

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Articles of Confederation Day

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • 10 AM- 2 PM
  • Colonial Courthouse, 157 West Market Street, York

This event is free and open to the public.

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