Re-enacting a Revolutionary Battle in the Context of 21st Century Gun Violence

09/21/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Address: 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

In response to current events, museums across the country are contemplating around guns and violent historic events. Revolutionary Germantown Partners Cliveden and PhilaLandmarks will hold community conversations around the national debate about gun control and everyday violence, looking to history as an anchor. 

The program series includes two Cliveden Conversations with presentations by Dr. Jessica Roney, Associate Professor of History at Temple University, and Dr. David Waldstreicher, Graduate History Professor at City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Roney will give a presentation at the September 21st conversation, focusing on the historical context of the American Revolution. After her presentation, community members will discuss how historic events and lived experiences impact life today, aided by local facilitator Patricia Scott Hobbes. 

In addition to the conversations, there will be an installation in Cliveden’s Carriage House Visitor’s Center that will focus on firearms as well as a free-response activity both during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival and the fall. 

Dr. Jessica Roney

Dr. Jessica Roney is an Associate Professor of History at Temple University. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, her Master’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and her Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Governed by a Spirit of Opposition: The Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia, which was published in 2014 and is currently working on her second book. Her scholarly and teaching interests include the social, cultural, and political history of early America and the Atlantic world. 

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  • 02/24/2019 10:00 AM - 02/24/2019 2:00 PM

    Hosted by the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley 


    Join us to hear Kelley Fanto Deetz, program director of Stratford Hall, VA., draw upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study of the lives of enslaved plantation cooks from colonial times through emancipation and beyond. Dr. Deetz reveals how these men and women were literally “bound to the fire” as they lived and worked in plantation house kitchens. Following the talk, we will sample a host of period food inspired by Dr. Deetz’s book Bound to the Fire: The Story of How Enslaved Cooks Fueled What We Eat Today and then tour one of the region’s best example of Georgian architecture, home to seven generations of the influential Chew family and the site of the bloody Revolutionary Battle of Germantown. The site also has a unique interpretation of the evolution of kitchen life over the last 200 years with both the excavation of a 1767 kitchen dependency juxtaposed with a preserved 1959 kitchen the last Chew inhabitants installed. Dr. Deetz is a visiting assistant professor at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. and Research Associate with the James River Institute for Archaeology. She has designed exhibits and consulted on various films and documentary projects such as the 2016 film, Birth of a Nation.


    • 10:00- 10:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee and Mary Randolph’s period Bread Fritters
    • 10:30-11:30 Talk and Question and Answers
    • 11:30-noon Tasting and Book Signing
    • Noon to 1:00 p.m. Tour of Cliveden, A historic site administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Tickets are $35 for members of the HFSDV, $40 for non-members and available through the link above. The conversation will take place in the Carriage House, located on the corner of Morton and Cliveden Streets. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the first Cliveden Conversation of 2019!