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Explore the archive at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania through the puppetry and theatrical performance of artist Sebastienne Mundheim. HSP has partnered with Mundheim to participate in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). This year the festival celebrates time travel...what better way to do that than through the magic of an archive—a paper time machine.

Interdisciplinary storyteller, paper-lover, and performance artist Sebastienne Mundheim and White Box Theatre take the driver’s seat of the time machine at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, integrating puppetry, dance, and storytelling. Performing from the table tops and bookshelves of the Society’s beautiful Reading Room they discover the historic collections for audiences of all ages. Mundheim’s lyrical forays into history include sleeping giants, stomping faceless warriors in weighted costumes, and silent planters. These history keepers whisper back and forth on memory making–and they whisper back and forth about the early memory of William Penn. Magical, lyrical, and dreamlike– don’t miss this opportunity to time travel. Seating is limited, book tickets early!

Performances will be at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 13, 14, and 15.

Performers include: Bethany Formica, Lee Ann Etzold, Elizabeth Weinstein, Katie Croyle, Arielle Pina, Kianna Moye, and Nathan Logue. Sound design and composition: Alban Bailley. Written, designed, and directed by Sebastienne Mundheim. Performance 40 minutes. 

Sebastienne Mundheim, the founder and artistic director of White Box Theatre, is an interdisciplinary storyteller, installation artist, and educator. Mundheim has been creating arts-based interdisciplinary performance and community events for 20 years. She began her arts career as a painter and writer, earning her BA and BFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Wanting to get away from the solitary practice of studio and get out into the world to make work with more clear social impact, Mundheim began creating interdisciplinary community arts programs and events in Philadelphia and New Orleans, designing and implementing parades, installations, and arts-based learning experiences through museums, cultural organizations, schools, and community centers.

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies and one of the largest family history libraries in the nation. Following a complete merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, HSP is also a leading repository of immigrant and ethnic history. It is second only to the Library of Congress for material on the nation’s founding and is the country’s third most popular destination for genealogical study. With approximately 21 million records including manuscripts, graphics, and books that span over 350 years of history, HSP is an invaluable resource for historical research.

HSP serves thousands of on-site visitors each year. It also offers a research-by-mail service and extensive online resources, including a library catalog, finding aids, digital collection, and curricular materials. HSP hosts educator workshops and public programs, and publishes a quarterly scholarly journal. To learn more about HSP or to become a member, visit us at www.hsp.org.

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