PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s 351-year-old Colonial Charter is getting a new state-of-the-art display case.
“I am pleased that the most important document in our State’s history is going to be protected and conserved for generations,” said Governor Lincoln D. Chafee.
Gov. Chafee commended the Secretary of State’s Office and the RI 1663 Charter Commission for their work on bringing this project together.
“I am pleased to announce that Rhode Island’s Colonial Charter of 1663 will be housed within the same high-tech system used by the National Archives for the Charters of Freedom. It is imperative that we carefully preserve our Colonial Charter,” said Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.
The document will be separated into its three original sections at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, Mass., where it was delivered by police escort.
Rhode Island has arranged for Goso LLC in New Hampshire to build three encasements, which will close the Charter in an environment of modified inert gas.
During the process, the Charter museum will remain open during normal business cards.
The entire project is slated to be completed and available for public viewing after Veteran’s Day.
Rhode Island’s Colonial Charter of 1663 is considered the state’s most profound historic document. It was issued by King Charles II and is responsible for granting Rhode Island the religious freedom that is still enjoyed today.