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

Thu, Sep 21 10:15 am-11:15 am
Betsy Ross
Maywood, NJ

Sat, Sep 23 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Danteroo

Sun, Oct 1 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Ichabod Crane Washington Irving and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Pequannock, NJ
Pequannock Township Public Library, 477 Newark, Pompton Tpke. Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
As part of the Library’s 20th Anniversary (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Neill Hartley will give his wonderful presentation of the famous Washington Irving tale (at 3:00 p.m.). Contact Maureen Bartolucci at 973-835-7460 or 973-800-5561

Wed, Oct 4 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Westfield Memorial Library, 550 E Broad St, Westfield, NJ 07090, USA
This one hour presentation of Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is free and open to the public.” Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. For more information contact Jennifer Rees Schulze (908) 789-4090 x 7951

Mon, Oct 9 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Ocean County Library, Beachwood Branch, 126 Beachwood Blvd, Beachwood NJ 08722
This one hour presentation of Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is free and open to the public.” Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. For more information contact Christi Aldellizzi (732) 244-4573X 3308

Mon, Oct 16 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Ocean County Library, Waretown Branch, 112 Main St. Waretown, NJ 08758
This one hour presentation of Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is free and open to the public.” Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. For more information contact Melissa Rutowski (609) 5133 x 7825

Mon, Oct 16 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Spring Lake Public Library, 1501 3RD Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
This one hour presentation of Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is free and open to the public.” Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. For more information contact Janet Boldt (732) 449-6654

Tue, Oct 17 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Theodore Roosevelt: “American in the Arena”
Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ 07092, USA
This is a one hour presentation of Theodore Roosevelt: “American in the Arena” that is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Elisa Sananman, (908-789-3670 X 3430

Wed, Oct 18 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An Arsenal for Democracy”
Ocean County Library, Upper Shores Branch, 112 Jersey City Ave, Lavalette, NJ 08735
This is a one hour presentation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt “An arsenal for Democracy” with a question and answer session. ” It is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact June Schneider (732) 793-3996

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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