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

Wed, Mar 29 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield
Chilton Medical Center, 97 W Parkway Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
This one hour presentation of “Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield” is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact (973) 831-5175

Sat, Apr 1 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Theodore Roosevelt: American in the Arena
South Plainfield Library, 2484 Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield, NJ 07080, USA
This one hour presentation of “Teddy Roosevelt: American in the Arena” is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Danielle Aronowitz (908) 754-7885.

Sun, Apr 9 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Hamilton v. Burr – the Duel
Morristown National Historic Park Auditorium – 30 Washington Place / Morristown, NJ 07960
Alexander Hamiltn (Eben Kuhns) and Aaron Burr (John Zak) recount the events of their loves that led to the famous, fatal duel. Sponsored by the Jacobus Vanderveer House. For more information visit the Jacobus Vanderveer house website: http://jvanderveerhouse.org/events/event/hamilton-burr-duel/?instance_id=126

Sat, Apr 15 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Walt Whitman: The Good Grey Poet
Somerset County Library, Bridgewater Branch, 1 Vogt Dr. Bridgewater, NJ 08807
This one hour presentation of “Walt Whitman:The Good Grey Poet” is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Fiona Kennedy (908) 526-4016X 145

Thu, Apr 20 1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield
Ballroom, Club House at Rossmoor, 2 Rossmoor Dr. Monroe Township, NJ 08831
This one hour presentation of “Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield” is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Lana Ottinger (925) 324-4499.

Sun, Apr 23 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman?
Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 West Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, NJ, United States
This one hour presentation of “Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?” is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Lisa Mainor (609) 444-7760

Fri, Apr 28 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Walt Whitman, The Good Grey Poet
Salem Community College, 460 Hollywood Avenue, Penns Grove, NJ, United States
This one hour presentation of “Walt Whitman; The Good Grey Poet” is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Margaret Masserini (856) 769-1082

Wed, May 17 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Charles Lindbergh in Feasterville, PA
Township Library of Lower Southampton: 1983 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, PA
in Celebration of the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s famous Trans-Atlantic Flight, Neill Hartley will give a presentation of: The Spirit of Lindbergh. For information contact: Carol Saioni (215) 355-1183 X104

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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