In a Good Light
Although perhaps not the most elaborate seal in the union, this does put Pennsylvania in a good light. One very nice thing is that it kind of hints at the actual make up of the region. For instance, it clearly isn't the desert. This state boats an extensive coastline along the Delaware estuary and Lake Erie. Also, it houses two of the most important cities in the region and the country: Philadelphia and Pittsburg.
Even though this state is predominantly white, in the last ten years other ethnicities have grown exponentially. A good example is the Latino community which almost duplicated between 2000 and 2010. It is no wonder as the state government has helped this population succeed in many ways. People from Puerto Rico, Mexico and other countries in Central and South America have found in Pennsylvania a land where they can succeed, namely, go to school, get to college, graduate, have a job, be part of a community, have rights.
Diversity in its Roots
Quite interestingly, Pennsylvania has a long tradition of diversity. Germans and Irish gladly settled in this state in the late Nineteenth century. Also, Italians, Polish, Dutch and Welsh chose this territory to settle and call it home. There are many museums in the state that show the details of this history. For example, Cumberland County Historical Society Museum shows the social and cultural life of the Native Americans who populated the state. The Erie County History Center displays furniture from the Nineteenth century.
At the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the visitor will know abut this community's contribution to this state. Meanwhile, the recently inaugurated American Latino museum is the state's homage to the Latino community which has greatly contributed to the prosperity and diversity of this state. All in all, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home.