They Said We Couldn’t Play: An Oral History of the Philadelphia Stars 

They Said We Couldn’t Play is a special documentary on the history of the Philadelphia Stars Negro League Baseball Team.  The 90-minute program explores their story of prejudice, comradeship, injustice, triumph and their pure love of the game. Narrated by Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, this documentary provides an eyewitness account to history by the men who lived it. It also chronicles the efforts made by the Phillies and many others to keep their legacy alive.

Written and produced by Phillies’ videographer Dan Stephenson, the DVD includes never-before-seen footage and interviews with former Philadelphia Stars, and Negro League historians including Dane Tilghman and William Kashatus.




Colonial Life for Children: William  Penn and Pennsylvania

Colonial Life for Children: William Penn and PennsylvaniaProduced 1999.  23 minutes.
Grades 3-7.  Teacher’s Guide included.
ISBN: 1-4171-0409-0.   $24.95 (color)

Follow the fascinating story of William Penn, his journey to the New World and the founding of the Quaker colony of Pennsylvania in 1682.  Believing in the Quaker ideals of simplicity, peace and equality, Penn applied those ideals to his new settlement, where people of all nationalities lived alongside the Lenni Lenape Indians.  Historian William Kashatus takes you on a visit to Philadelphia’s Arch Street Meeting House and Penn’s Bucks County manor to learn more about the Quakers and their leader.  Hear the eloquent words of Penn himself through stirring reenactments by Kashatus.




Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad

Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground RailroadProduced 2001. 60 minutes.  $24.95 (color)
Content-rich companion website: www.whispersofangels.com

Thomas Garrett and William Still were two of the great stationmasters on the critical eastern line of the Underground Railroad. With the help of the legendary conductor Harriet Tubman and an army of unnamed heroes, they conducted thousands of fugitives from Maryland’s Eastern Shore through the border state of Delaware to the free state of Pennsylvania.  Renowned actors Edward Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, JFK) and Blair Underwood (L.A.Law, Full Frontal, Murder in Mississippi) portray Garrett and Still in this dramatic documentary.  Interviews with scholars, including William Kashatus, blend with narrative scenes, underscored with specially recorded period music and filmed on location in the historic settings where these freedom fighters took on their noble and dangerous work.