PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's 350-year-old Colonial charter will be getting a new, state-of-the-art display case.
A $161,000 grant from the Champlin Foundations announced on Monday will pay for most of the anticipated $200,000 cost for the case, which will be installed in a new Statehouse museum. The rest of the money was raised from companies and individuals.
The charter is currently on display in a nearly 100-year-old steel case that was moved in June from the Statehouse rotunda to the new museum.
Edward Sanderson, executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, is helping organize the effort. He says the new case will be built in Massachusetts with the same specifications and technology used to preserve the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
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