Pennsylvania Facts for Kids
Pennsylvania was the 2nd state to join the union. It became a state on December 12, 1787.
Capital - Harrisburg
Abbreviation - PA
Nickname - Keystone State
Motto - "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"
Song - Pennsylvania
Bird - Ruffed Grouse
Flower - Mountain Laurel
Insect - Ladybug (Ladybird Beetle) and Firefly
Area - approximately 46,058 square miles
Learn more about Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Primary Sources (Library of Congress)
Selected Library of Congress primary sources with a Teacher's Guide
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American landscape of industrial operations from 1771-1883. Learn about the people who lived in the area while the furnace was in operation and what it was like to work there.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War.
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
The first railroad to cross the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the final piece of the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal. "The Portage" opened in 1834, marking the first time that there was one, direct route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Gettysburg National Military Park
This virtual tour provides a comprehensive and immersive experience of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located next to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders, and was the only home he ever owned.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania
This site features three online exhibits. Art of the State showcases the art of PA artists. Mammal Hall displays realistic scenes of PA animals in their natural habitats. Before drones, we had T.M. Fowler producing birds-eye views of cities. The third exhibit allows you to explore select views of Pennsylvania’s counties.
The Hershey Story
Resources on the history of Milton Hershey, the town, and the company. There are also lesson plans, but most are intended to be used for pre- or post-visit to the museum so may not work as well when used as virtual resources.
Rivers of Steel
Resources for learning about the history of steel industry and the daily life of steel workers.
Valley Forge National Historic Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park is nationally significant as the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington.
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Poe lived and wrote in Philadelphia for six years. Students can learn about Poe's life, his home, and the people he spent his time with.
Independence National Historic Park
Read about the history of the places associated with the birth of the nation and learn about the people behind the revolutionary ideas.
Andy Warhol Museum
Pennsylvania native Andy Warhol was a world-renowned artist. Explore Warhol’s life and artistic practice through lesson plans, Powerpoint presentations, videos, and other resources.
The 50 States - Pennsylvania
From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on Pennsylvania
Mr. Donn.org - Pennsylvania
Collection of Pennsylvania resources from Mr. Donn, who offers one of the largest collections of social studies resources available.
50 States.com - Pennsylvania
Facts & Trivia about Pennsylvania
RoadsideAmerica.com - Pennsylvania
Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in Pennsylvania
Awesome America - Pennsylvania
Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Map/Quiz Printout
PA Resources for Educators from Locales: