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.
A Storyteller entertains guests at one of the storytelling benches along a stop of the Once Upon A Nation tours
Historic Job Opportunities
We’re always looking for the best and brightest talent to join the Historic Philadelphia team.
View Current Openings
A History Maker in colonial costume demonstrates the process for doing laundry in the Betsy Ross House
Support Once Upon A Nation
Once Upon A Nation relies on generous outside support to keep the stories going.