About Rich Pawling’s History Alive!SM

Digital 063History Alive!SM was founded by Richard and Diane Pawling in 1991. The company focus is the development and presentation of historically accurate living history/first person interpretive characterizations and heritage music programs that are both entertaining and educational. In addition, Rich’s growing national reputation for excellence in the field of cultural interpretation/living history has expanded company services into the areas of living history and general interpretive technique training, as well as video and audio production.

As stated in the corporate philosophy, “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.” To continue to support our philosophy, History is People!® has evolved into the company trademark for products, including a videos produced by Time Warner and CDs, History Thru Song and Hammered in Iron: Railroad Songs and Stories.

History Alive!SM has performed or conducted training throughout the United States and Canada–including Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming. Organizations/agencies that have contracted our services include: BLM/Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (Baker City, OR), California State Parks, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Historical Society (Denver, CO), Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation, Fort Laramie National Historic Site (WY), Indiana State Museum System, Kansas State Historical Society, Land Between the Lakes NRA (KY), Little Bighorn National Battlefield (MT), Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Bball 4the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, NY), New River Gorge National River (WV), the North Carolina Transportation Museum (Spencer, NC), Palatines to America (Columbus, OH), Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Pennsylvania State Parks, Rocky Mountain National Park (CO), Steamtown NHS (Scranton, PA), Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg, ON) and the U.S. Forest Service (Portland, OR)

In addition – annual conference presentations/addresses have been conducted for one or more of the following national organizations: American Association of State & Local History (AASLH) , the Association of Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

History Alive!SM has received national and local awards in the field of interpretation including: National Park Service/Mid-Atlantic Region, Freeman Tilden Award, National Association for Interpretation (NAI), Excellence in Interpretation Award; National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Media Award–Outstanding Feature Article (Legacy),  Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Honorable Mention, Oil on the Brain (a historical drama written for the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry). Other personal awards received by Richard Pawling include:  Kutztown University, Rothermel Alumni Award and Penn State Berks Outstanding Adjunct Professor.


Living History Character Design, Training and Presentations

Characters & Programs Designed for Specific Applications  

Ancient Eastern Forest Conference, Clarion, PA (1890s Logger)
Colorado Division of Wildlife, Grand Junction, CO (1906 Western Market Hunter)
Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf, PA (1750s Frontiersman)
Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, PA (1780s Acquaintance of Daniel Boone)
Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation, Dover, DE (Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon)
Ephrata Area Community Theater, Ephrata, PA (Historical Drama, The Ephrata Story)
George Washington Memorial Parkway, Great Falls, VA (1780s Canal Worker)
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, PA (1750s Frontiersman)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis, MD (1918 Waterfowler/Market Hunter)
Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA (1790s PA German Schoolteacher/ Fraktur Artist)
Mill Creek Metropolitan Park, Youngstown, OH (1840s Miller)
Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum, Scranton, PA (1905 Coal Miner)
Pennsylvania Game Commission, Harrisburg, PA (1906 Eastern Backwoods Market Hunter)
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg, PA (1880s Railroad Gandy Dancer)
Somerset Historical Center, Somerset, PA (1809 Conestoga Wagoner)
Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry, Oil City, PA (Historical Drama, Oil on the Brain)


Living History / Interpretive Training Conducted

American Assoc. for State and Local History Annual Meetings
Association of Living Historical Farms & Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) Annual and Regional Meetings
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta, CO
California State Parks & Recreation Department, Pacific Grove, CA
Delaware State Department of Parks & Recreation, Dover, DE
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan, ND
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Laramie, WY
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Indiana State Museum System/Historic Southern Indiana Interpretive Conference – Mitchell, IN
Interpretive Management Institute, Santa Clara, CA
Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS
Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond, KY
Little Bighorn National Battlefield, MT
Maryland State Parks, Cumberland, MD
Mather Employee Development Center (NPS), Harpers Ferry, WV
National Association for Interpretation Annual & Regional Workshops
New River Gorge National River, Lansing, WV
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, Harrisburg, PA
Pennsylvania Federation of Museums & Historical Organizations, Harrisburg, PA
Pennsylvania Game Commission, Harrisburg, PA
Somerset County Park Commission, Somerset, NJ
United States Forest Service, Portland, OR

Living History Presentations (Selected Listing)

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Cresson, PA
American Society for Materials International, York, PA
Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia, PA
Centre County Historical Society, State College, PA
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (NPS) Sharpsburg, MD
Chester County Park and Recreation Department, West Chester, PA
Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation Department, Richmond, VA
Colorado Historical Society, Denver, CO
Delaware/Lehigh National Corridor, Summer School of Excellence, PA
Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly, PA
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Laramie, WY
Friends of the Delaware Canal, Washington Crossing, PA
Golden Spike National Historic Site, Promontory, UT
Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, Shillington, PA
Greenway & Nature Center of Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
Greenwood Furnace State Park, Huntingdon, PA
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace, MD
Hershey Museum, Hershey, PA
Lawrence County Historical Society, Ironton, OH
Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA
Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, OH
Mississippi Literary Celebration, Natchez, MS
Nassawango Iron Furnace, Snow Hill, MD
National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
National Envirothon, Johnstown, PA
National Railroad Symposium, Strasburg, PA
National Wildlife Enforcement Officers Conference, Camp Hill, PA & Colorado Springs, CO
New Jersey Canal Society, Morristown, NJ
North American Hunting Club- Eastern Meeting, Somerset, PA
Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (BLM), Baker City, OR
Palatines to American Annual Conference, Columbus, OH
Panama Rocks Folk Festival, Panama Rocks, NY
Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum, Scranton, PA
Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Pennsylvania Geographical Society Conference, Millersville, PA
Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association Conference, Raystown Lake, PA
Pennsylvania Power & Light – Susquehanna Riverlands, Berwick, PA
Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Scott’s Bluff National Monument, Gering, NE
Somerset Historical Center, Somerset, PA
Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, PA
Storytelling Conference, St. Louis, MO
Tampa Electric Company, Tampa, Fla.
TWS (The Wildlife Society) Annual Conference – Snowmass Village, CO
U.S. / North American Orienteering Association
Wayne National Forest, Ironton, OH
Winter Meetings of Baseball, Dallas, TX & Nashville, TN