Have you ever wanted to ask Ben Franklin about his infamous kite experiment? Or his time as the first United States Ambassador to France? Or maybe just how to play a good game of chess? The real founding father may be gone, but you might forget that while speaking to Jack Sherry, an American History teacher at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, NJ who doubles as a Benjamin Franklin re-enactor. On July 4th Sherry will be here, speaking about life in 1776 and sharing some of Benjamin Franklin’s best stories, so we asked him about his life as a Franklin re-enactor, and their shared love of puns!
My wife portrayed a campfollower, a woman who followed the army. She later formed a recreated eighteenth-century theater troupe which she called The American Company of Players. The Continental Congress banned theater groups on the American side during the war so it was only logical to be on the British side. The officers in the British army during the American Revolution were very active in producing and perfoming in theatrical productions. My wife still portrays an actress following the army when she is not portraying Deborah Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s wife. She has a lot of fun with her Deborah Franklin portrayal.
And check out ABC’s interview with Mr. Sherry (err…Franklin) on July 4!