Rich Pawling, a natural entertainer and award-winning educator and interpretOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAer, is a master at captivating audiences of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. He is the owner and educational/ interpretive specialist of History Alive!SM –a firm founded in 1991 that provides living history and heritage music programs and training workshops to parks, museums and universities, as well as civic, professional and historical organizations.

224 Mail Route Road
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
610-777-6761
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 History is not merely a chronological record of events that took place in the past with no relevance to us today. History is People! History starts coming alive when you realize it is people that make history – not dry facts in a textbook. By looking at the past, we can learn more about both who we are in the present, and where we are going in the future.
– Rich Pawling

Living History Programs

A living history program experience is one of the most provocativeWeiser ways to learn about our past. Step back in time with one of sixteen historical characters from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Perfect for schools, museums, festivals and historical organization presentations.

NEW Civil War Era Program: The Core of the War
Supply Wagon Train Boss Mahlon “Skinner” Tubbs – contracted civilian wagon boss of a 25-wagon supply train. Interpreting the vital, but often disregarded, role of supplying the armies during the American Civil War.
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Upcoming Movie – Teaser/Trailer
Heartwood

Based on the novel by PJ Piccirillo, this upcoming full-length movie focusing on the late 1800s/early 1900s lumber industry in Pennsylvania is scheduled to premiere in 2019. Stay tuned for updates.

Click and enjoy this special preview featuring a 19th century “wood hick” (Rich Pawling of History Alive!) amidst incredible photos from the past.


What It’s All About…

Captures the perspectives that Rich Pawling gained from over 35 years of experience in the interpretive profession. Includes advice about Old Clothes Book Covedesigning a living history persona and using this technique in the classroom. Order at amazon.com (print or Kindle) or from our online Shop where you will also find our DVDs and music CDs.

Heritage Music Programs

Take a musical journey to the past. Hear songs and stories of wagoners, railroad gandy dancers, coal miners, canal workers, ironworkers, loggers, and cowboys in addition to early baseball, the church, western migration and the Civil War. Music_Cougar

Old-Time Baseball Programs

Baseball Mad: The Early Days

Asa_HomeA one-man interpretive show that connects base ball past with baseball present as told by Asa “Count” Brainard, 1869 hurler for the Cincinnati Red Stockings.


The Boys of Base Ball

“The Boys” have appeared at minor and major league games, as well as at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball Winter Meetings.HOF_Home

e-LIVE Course, Training Workshops &
Conference Keynotes

Rich has designed an e-LIVE course  in association with the Heritage Interpretation Training Center. Click here for more information about – Introduction to Developing Living History Characters and Delivering Living History Programs.

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As a Certified Interpretive Trainer, Rich is available to share his experience and expertise in a training workshop for your site’s interpretive staff and/or docents or as speaker at a professional conference.

The range of topics include:
– The Conservation/Preservation Movement
– Interpretive Skills
– Living History Concepts and Techniques
– Visitor Services

Special Services

Call to discuss any of the services listed below:

– Character design (custom-designed programs)

– Video character casting (for ads, site videos, etc.)

– Audio voice overs (for exhibit audios)

– Interpretive program consulting/evaluation

– Heritage tour design (and guide)??????????????????????????????? for travel agencies

– Heritage event consulting / planning assistance