Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st–Century Gun Violence


Cliveden is known as the site of the 1777 Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown and the annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival held on the grounds every first weekend in October, featuring two battle re-enactments. In response to the increase in gun violence across the country and in the local community, Cliveden looks to evaluate its interpretation around the American Revolution and the re-enactment as an interpretive tool with the help of the community. During 2020, a series of Cliveden Conversations will be held with scholars, community members, and re-enactors to address gun violence from historical and modern points of view. All conversations are free to the public and attendees can register through Eventbrite. See below for upcoming conversations:

Ned Hector & African Americans during the Revolution: A Conversation with Noah Lewis | Saturday, October 17, 2020

Join Cliveden for a conversation with Noah Lewis as he shares his over 20-year experience as a first-person interpreter of African American teamster and Revolutionary War veteran, Edward ‘Ned’ Hector. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The program will be held in person at Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Registration is free and open now through Eventbrite: https://cc-with-noah-lewis.eventbrite.com. All attendees must wear masks and maintain social distancing while participating in the conversation.

This program is part of Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st Century Gun Violence supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and by the Interpretation and Education Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an endowed fund made possible by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In an era of gun violence in the United States, Cliveden looks to initiate dialogue with local and re-enactment communities about the relevancy and impact of the site’s signature event, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival featuring re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown. The Cliveden Conversations will offer input scholars and experts to start conversations with participants around the history and impact of the American Revolution.  The hope is through these discussions Cliveden can discover the impact the site’s current interpretation of Revolutionary era history has on the community, how it makes you feel, and if it resonates with you.

Past Events

The American Revolution & The Right to Bear Arms | Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dr. Jessica Roney, Professor of History at Temple University will discuss the Second Amendment and its roots during the American Revolution followed by a facilitated discussion. 

Gun Laws from the Revolution to Today: A Conversation with Jacob Charles | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16th at 7 pm to hear an interview with Jacob Charles, Executive Director of the Center for Firearms at Duke University, exploring the changes in gun legislation since America’s founding to today.


Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st–Century Gun Violence has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.