AHT Jul 2013 Pickersgill

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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.
Upcoming Events American Historical Theatre Presents
Mary Pickersgill: the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner

Sun, Nov 19 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Jefferson and Dickinson in Dover, DE
The Old State House in Dover, Delaware 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901
Thomas Jefferson (Steven Edenbo) and John Dickinson (Doug Thomas) will engage in a debate. This will be followed by a meet and greet, plus a cake to celebrate the 250th anniversary of “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania” by John Dickinson Open to the public. Contact John Dickinson Plantation – Phone: (302) 739-3277

Thu, Dec 7 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson in Latrobe, PA
Thomas Jefferson (Steven Edenbo) will visit St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Tickets include Dinner and a 1 hour presentation with our Nation’s 3rd President. Tickets -. See link below for information. http://mccarlgallery.org/events/

Thu, Feb 22 8:00 am-9:00 am
Molly Pitcher in Roanoke

Thu, Mar 1 10:30 am-11:30 am
Annie Oakley in Manahawkin
Ocean County Library, Stafford Branch  129 N Main St, Manahawkin, NJ 
Annie Oakley: Aim.for a High Mark! Sponsored by the NJ Council for the Humanities. Free and open to the public.

Additional Events

AHT commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812.
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Mary Pickersgill Portrayed by Kim Hanley

Mary Young never imagined she would become the muse that inspired a poem which energized a nation under duress.  Well acquainted with difficulties by her early thirties, Mary had lost both her father and her husband John Pickersgill and was left to care for one small child and her widowed mother Rebecca who fortunately had taught her trade to Mary.

Rebecca was a remarkable woman of her time. Despite the restrictions of coverture and poor education for girls, Rebecca had learned a trade and ran a flag making business in Philadelphia. During the Revolutionary War she had stitched for the Continental Army and the Pennsylvania Navy, and eventually the First United States Regiment.

Rather than suffer the degradations of the alms house or throw herself at the mercy of relatives, Mary not only provided a handsome living for her family, but also helped many others, lending her hands to create an enduring symbol of strength and patriotism that still exists today.

In the summer of 1813, while the US was again engaged in war with Britain, Mary was approached by Major George Armistead to make two flags, the largest measuring 30 feet hoist and 42 feet fly. She completed them in six weeks.

By August of that year, the White House, the most powerful symbol of our Nation’s endurance, was in ashes. Following two full days of bombardment, it was Mary’s enormous flag with its 400 plus yards of cloth that, being seen as it flew over Ft McHenry, gave hope to Francis Scott Key, and inspired the poem “The Defense of Fort Henry” which is now known as our National Anthem: “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Stitching flags may have brought her to the public eye, but Mary devoted her life to giving hope to others.  Having experienced hardship, Mary became president of the Impartial Humane Society where she provided aid to Men, Women Children and Families through various measures, including the establishment of homes for the elderly.

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