We Entertain. We Educate. We Inspire!

The American Historical Theatre provides world-class Historical Characters and Interpretations. We provide over 100 characters and a variety of programs, and we tour all 50 states and Europe. To inquire about a character or to book an event, please call us at 215-625-0986 or:

This video was made possible thanks to a generous grant from Gerald Kolpan and the PHILO Project (www.philoproject.org)

Celebrate 250 years of the Philadelphia Fire Department with Brandywine Workshop Archives!

William Ochester as Benjamin Franklin
Brandywine Workshop and Archives

What: Engine 1/ Ladder 5 and its neighbor on the Avenue of the Arts, South, the Brandywine Workshop and Archives, will pay tribute to Benjamin Franklin!

When: Wednesday evening September 9, 2015 starting at 5:30 PM meet Benjamin Franklin, Watch a Parade of Fire Engines, Eat like a Fireman, and Enjoy Live Jazz

Where: on the Grass Plaza at 728 S Broad Street.

** The general public is invited to this free event. However, space is limited and pre-registration is required. **


The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Support for American Historical Theatre has been made possible in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, enhancing the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents for 20 years.

Upcoming Events

Philanthropist Sister Katharine Drexel, Brought to Life by Rene Goodwin

Mon, Sep 14 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
FDR in Southampton, NJ
Southampton Historical Society. Old Town Hall, 25 Plum Street, Southampton, NJ
“F.D.R.: An Arsenal for Democracy” portrayed by Neill Hartley Free Program, Open to the public. Contact 609-859-0524 for information. Sponsored by the NJ Council for the Humanities, Horizons Speakers Bureau.

Fri, Sep 18 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Clara Barton in Hackettstown, NJ
Hackettstown Public Library, 110 Church Street, Hackettstown, NJ, United States
“Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield” portrayed by Pat Jordan Free Program, Open to the public. Contact 908-852-4936 for information. Sponsored by the NJ Council for the Humanities, Horizons Speakers Bureau.

Sun, Sep 27 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Mark Twain at Mount Laurel Library
Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ, United States
Banned Book Week event with Mark Twain, portrayed by Bob Gleason Free Program, Open to the public. Contact 856-234-7319 for information.

Tue, Oct 6 8:30 pm-9:30 pm
Annie Oakley: Aim for a High Mark
Woman’s Club of Carlstadt, 457 Division Ave Carlstadt NJ
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley shares her inspiring viewpoint after a life of hardship which she managed to overcome. This one hour presentation of “Aim for a High Mark” is free and open to the public courtesy of the NJ Council for the Humanities. New Members welcome: 201-939-5163

Additional Events

Rene Goodwin as Sister Katharine Drexel

Rene Goodwin as Sister Katharine Drexel

Katharine Drexel was the second child of Francis Anthony Drexel and Hannah Langstroth and the niece of Anthony Joseph Drexel, founder of Drexel University. Bequeathed an inheritance of 7 million dollars by her father, Katherine’s life seemed destined to be that of a society lady of the Victorian Era. There were significant events that resulted in a departure from that course to the life she ultimately chose. Although philanthropy had always been a part of the Drexel life, it was after watching her stepmother suffer with cancer that Katharine realized that money did not give one an escape from pain or death. During a family trip out West in 1884, Katharine Drexel saw the plight and destitution of the Native Americans and decided to help. That is when she began her lifelong personal and financial commitment to help Native Americans and African Americans.

Read More about Katharine Drexel