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Historic Philadelphia

Students stand as a group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Company: Historic Philadelphia Incorporated

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Alumnus: Sean Connolly ‘14, Assistant Director of Interpretation

During our time in Philadelphia, we had a chance to catch up with alumnus Sean Connolly ‘14 for a tour of Historic Philadelphia!

Sean works for Historic Philadelphia Incorporated as the Assistant Director of Interpretation. In his position, his main task is finding the best way to convey different historical sites and what stories/monologues should be told at each site in order to best capture the audience's attention. Why does he do this you might ask? Well for one, elementary schoolers might not want to hear all the politics and regulations that an older audience might really enjoy!

Besides helping write monologues, Sean also helps create the visual interpretation of historical figures like George Washington, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross. In relation to visual interpretations, here’s an interesting fact we learned from Sean: “All of the portraits you see of historical figures falsely portray how these people looked in real life. Portraits are created to show the “best” representation of oneself. So a portrait is basically the old fashioned version of photoshop”. Who knew!

What helped Sean get to his goals today? His education and work experience. Sean obtained a bachelor's degree in history at York College while also minoring in theater. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in historical theater from Villanova. Sean started working as a tour guide for Historic Philadelphia Inc. in 2011 and continued to work there every summer between semesters before getting the position he has today.

We truly enjoyed visiting historic Philadelphia and getting to know a little bit more about the city of brotherly love

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