Virtual Storytelling


As our gift to the community, while we are unable to present in person storytelling at our Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, Historic Philadelphia presents this series of virtual storytelling videos.

Enjoy these authentic stories from American and Philadelphia history, told by Historic Philadelphia, Inc.'s award-winning storytellers.

Thank you to The George C. & Esther Ann McFarland Foundation for making Once Upon A Nation Storytelling possible.

This program received state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.











The Freedom Journey of Charity Castle
Philadelphia lawyer and abolitionist William Lewis applies Pennsylvania’s landmark Gradual Abolition Act to affirm that Charity Castle is a free woman.












Dr. Mom
Quaker mom Hannah Haines offers practical remedies for all kinds of medical problems she used during the 18th century.

Charles Weisgerber paints Betsy Ross stitching the flag and finds his life’s work saving the Betsy Ross House.









Doin’ the Laundry
Ever wonder how people washed their clothes in the 18th century? Grab a bucket – or seven – and find out!

Streetcar Justice: The Awesome Caroline LeCount
In 1867, a 21-year-old African American woman, Caroline LeCount, takes a stand to assure that all people of color have an equal right to take a seat on Philadelphia’s newly integrated streetcars.









The Fiery Grimkes
Abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimke speak up about the injustice of enslaving people, and after they do brand-new Pennsylvania Hall goes up in flames.



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