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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:

Eliza Powel

Eliza Powel

Upcoming Event! Eliza Powel: A Moral Dilemma
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Powel House, Philadelphia, PA

It is 1792, and Philadelphia socialite, Elizabeth Powel has learned from her dear friend, President George Washington, that he is intending to resign the Presidency of these United States. Though it may seem somewhat presumptuous, she has crafted a letter aimed at persuading him to remain in his post. Join with Eliza in discussion about the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and friends, to speak one’s mind even in a situation fraught with potential perils.

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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

Christian Johnson Comes Out of Retirement

Sun, Mar 29 1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Madame CJ Walker: Self Made Woman
Drake House Museum, 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, NJ, United States
Madame CJ Walker, entrepreneur and first female African American millionaire shares the stories of her rise above the odds. An inspiring 1 hour performance including Q and A. Free and open to the public courtesy of the NJ Council for the Humanities. Call 908-412-0881 for information.

Mon, Mar 30 3:30 pm-6:00 pm
Jefferson v. Paine: Common Sense and Sense and Sensibility
York College of Pennsylvania, 441 Country Club Road, York, PA 17403, United States
Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine will engage in a lively debate for students at the York College of PA. Private event. To have Jefferson and Paine speak with the students at your school call AHT at 215-625-0986.

Thu, Apr 2 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln: Wit and Wisdom
Medford Friends Meeting House 14 Union St, Medford NJ
Abraham Lincoln: With and Wisdom is offered to members and guests of the Medford Historical Society. A free and open to the public, one hour event with time for questions and answers. 609-654-6485. New Members welcome.

Wed, Apr 8 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Rosie the Riveter: We Can Do It!
South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852, United States
Rosie the Riveter shares the story of how she and other women stepped in to perform traditionally make roles while the “boys” were off fighting in WWII and the struggles they faced when their men returned. Free and open to the public courtesy of the NJ Council for the Humanities. 732-329-4000

Thu, Apr 9 1:30 pm-2:30 pm
PT Barnum
Maris Grove Senior Center
PT Barnum delights and entertains the residents of Maris Grove Senior Center for one hour including time for Questions and Anwers. A private event.

Additional Events

Christian Johnson as Governor Newell

We are delighted to announce that Christian Johnson, an AHT favorite, has come back. Johnson is known predominantly for excelling in performance as Abraham Lincoln, and William Penn, but had a long list of characters under his belt including Charles Wilson Peale and Governor William Livingston. We consider ourselves very lucky to once again add him to our roster of talented performers.

About Dr. Newell: Dr. William Augustus Newell, a former US Congressman from Monmouth County, served as Governor of New Jersey and was the private physician to President Abraham Lincoln and his family. In 1848 Newell passed an act to create the United States Life Saving Service, now known as the US Coast Guard, along the coast of Monmouth County. In 1860 President Lincoln appointed him the superintendent of the Life Saving Service.  Close friends with the Lincolns, he escorted Mary Todd Lincoln to her summer vacation, at Long Branch, a year later.