Future Storytellers Contest
Free Quaker Meeting House
Photo showing the outside of the Free Quaker Meeting House in Philadelphia.
In Partnership with the National Park Service
Leveraging historical research to ensure our stories are accurate.
A National Park Service representative speaks with a tour group
Researching Authentic History, Where It Happened
There’s a power of place that helps make the stories we tell more vivid and memorable.
Costumed History Makers pose outside in colonial attire
Benstitute: The Training Behind Once Upon A Nation
An intensive, immersive training program for our Storytellers and History Makers.
Storytelling & Education
We offer so many ways to experience our country’s rich, diverse history.
A group of children post for a photo with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Storytellers as part of a tour
Who are the History Makers?
Part actor, part educator, totally engaging.
A group of costumed History Makers, including Betsy Ross
A Visitors’ Guide to Once Upon A Nation
Lace up your walking shoes for a short stroll through America’s long history.
A costumed History Maker leads a tour group on a cobblestone street
The Story Behind Once Upon A Nation
Telling stories about real people who did real things, where they happened.
Your Historic Philadelphia Itinerary
When Historic Philadelphia Inc.’s storytellers dip into their treasure trove of true stories, first-time visitors, returning Philly fans, and even locals get caught up in the drama of our nation’s heritage.
Colonial figure walks on a tour with guest.
Tell Us About Your History Hero or Heroine!

Your history hero or heroine can be from any time or place.
We encourage you to look beyond the leaders who everyone knows and share a story about someone who made a difference through their actions, words, or values.

  • What did this person look like?
  • What important event changed their life?
  • Why is this person important?
  • Why do YOU admire this Hero or Heroine?
  • How can your story make everyone want to know more about him/her?
How To Submit Your Story
  1. Write a story about your hero or heroine (50-200 words, or no more than one handwritten or typed page)
  2. Include sources used for your research
  3. Have someone take a photo of you holding a picture of your history hero/heroine
  4. Submit your story to info@historicphiladelphia.org