Friday, July 3, 2009

Pennsylvania Longrifle to become new State Symbol

The Pennsylvania Longrifle was introduced into the Pennsylvania Senate two weeks ago by PA Pat Browne of Allentown, as a resolution declaring it a new Pennsylvania Symbol. Why is this significant? Because the PA Flintlock Longrifle was more than a tool, it was defined as one of the finest examples of folk art to have ever come out of the 13 Colonies. The flintlock long rifle fed, clothed and protected the families of Pennsylvanians, and later continued to serve as a significant contribution to the War of Independence and westward expansion of the United States. To that end, the Jacobsburg Historical Society's members are volunteering at the Kutztown Folk Festival (June 27 to July 5; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to share the legacy and history of the Pennsylvania Long Rifle Museum at Boulton. NMLRA Longhunter Chairman, Dave Ehrig, is the current President of the JHS PA Longrifle Museum. For more information, contact the Jacobsburg Historical Society at; 610-759-9029.