Rendell helps kick off Historic Philadelphia's 14th season

The day got started with a pep-talk from the creator of the program, Ed Rendell.

John McDevitt
May 26, 2018 - 3:43 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The colonial re-enactors and storytellers in Philadelphia's Historic District kicked off the 2018 season Saturday.  

The day got started with a pep-talk from the creator of the program.

Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell spoke at Historic Philadelphia's season opening meeting, telling how important the program is to the city.  In 1993, then Mayor Rendell,  created Historic Philadelphia by executive order.

"The stories we tell are all historically substantiated," Rendell said. "So not only does it get into history, but it's an accurate rendition. There are no tall tales."

Then it was time for the re-enactors to hit the streets.

"My name is William Currie. I'm the keeper of the Pennsylvania State House. What has happened here is they have written a document, this, ah, Jefferson fella."

And the storytellers, dressed in modern clothes, were each assigned one of thirteen benches, talking to visitors about history in the places where it actually happened.

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We are not in a theme park," said Amy Needle, President and CEO of Historic Philadelphia, "but what we want to do is create memorable experiences for visitors when they come to the Historic District."