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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)

The Summer of Hamilton!

Hamilton and Jefferson Debate
Join us in July for two exciting events featuring Alexander Hamilton:

My First Friend, My Enemy: The Hamilton and Burr Duel

At the New York Historical Society
Sunday, July 10 at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Click here for more information and to reserve your spot!

Jefferson and Hamilton: The Great Debate

At the Hearth at Drexel
Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 pm
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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, Jul 4 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Declaration of Independence readin in DC
National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20408
Our Founding Fathers and Mothers will engage in public reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Archives Steps (Constitution Ave.) This will be followed by meet and greet plus family programming and activities all day in the Archives. Celebrate our Nation’s Birthday. Free and open to the public.

Mon, Jul 4 10:30 am-1:00 pm
Francis Scott Key in NYC – Raise the Star Spangled Banner!
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park – Liberty Island, New York, NY,
Join Francis Scott Key as the Star Spangled Banner is raised above Castle Clinton National Monument! Mr. Key will give a presentation with Question and answer at 12:00 noon Robert Gleason is Francis Scott Key. Free and open to the public. For directionscontact Castle Clinton NHM – Site Link: https://www.nps.gov/cacl/index.htm

Mon, Jul 4 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Ben Franklin at Stenton
Stenton, 4601 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Celebrate Independence Day with Benjamin Franklin in Germantown, PA Meet and Greet Philly’s Famous Founder. Celebrate with Hot Dogs and Ice Cream! Bill Robling IS Benjamin Franklin For more information contact Stenton Museum at: 215-329-7312 Event Link: http://www.stenton.org/#!programs/vwr7v

Mon, Jul 4 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Liberty Bell Tapping with Martha Washington
Independence Hall Parking, 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA (Walnut Street side)
From 12:30 – 1:00 Martha Washington will meet and greet visitors to the event. at 1:00 the ceremony will begin. Lady Washington will be included among the guest speakers. The Annual Tapping of the Liberty Bell will happen at 2:00 p.m. Philadelphia’s own Ukee Washington will be the M.C. Sponsored by the PA Sons of the Revolution and the Cre8tive Group. Event is free and open to the public.

Mon, Jul 4 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Diolley Madison at the Indian Queen Tavern in New Brunswick
East Jersey Old Town Village at the Indian Queen Tavern • 1050 River Road • Piscataway, NJ
Join America’s First Great Hostess: First Lady Dolley Madsion. Elizabeth Michaels is Dolley Madison. 2 presentations: 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Link to Site: http://bit.ly/28PKDYh

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.