12 Ways at Cliveden to Give Life to History With Your Support

Cliveden is one of Philadelphia’s most significant historic sites. The story of Cliveden reflects the diversity in American history through the stories of one household over 250 years. Built 1763-1767, Cliveden was occupied by seven generations of the Chew family, including three women as heads of household, and their service staff, enslaved, indentured and free. From the programs offered at Cliveden–from our award-winning Cliveden Conversations–to fun events such as Clues & Booze & Chews: Scavenger Hunt, our programs bring old and new friends to our site and helps us continue our mission to share Cliveden’s history with the community. 

With your support, we can plan new programs, maintain the buildings and grounds, and continue our efforts in sharing new information about the Chew family! Donations can be made online via PayPal with any major credit card or by check payable to Cliveden to 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Thank you for your support!

Read below to learn how you can support Cliveden this holiday season. 

Support Cliveden’s Preservation & Stewardship Efforts through Amazon!


The Johnson Street sidewalk was repaired this year with support from Historic Germantown’s Sustaining Our Sites fund and Hanson General Contracting! The sidewalk was restored to its original herringbone pattern. To support Cliveden’s preservation and stewardship work, donations can be made through the PayPal button below and through Amazon! Cliveden has an Amazon wish list and is a recognized organization for AmazonSmile.

Help Cliveden Learn More About the Chew Family!


Cliveden introduced a new program this year called the Cliveden Food Chain, which explored the lives of Chew family members who lived in Anne Arundel County, MD and their involvement in Mid-Atlantic slavery. Thanks to research done by Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson and Arlisha Norwood, we’re learning a great deal about them. 

Learning about the Chews and their extended family is exciting! With your support, Cliveden can plan more research opportunities and share new discoveries with the community.

Help Cliveden Build Interpretation and Programming through Cliveden Conversations!

Community members joined Cliveden in the spring to discuss new research from the Cliveden Food Chain and in the fall to explore how gun violence has shaped our nation’s history and personal lives. Cliveden was honored to host local and nationally known guest speakers at the Cliveden Conversations, such as Michael Twitty and Dr. Jessica Roney.

New Cliveden Conversations are planned for 2019 and Cliveden welcomes community members to come and participate! By attending these conversations, your input helps Cliveden build interpretation and programming. Visit our website and social media pages in the new year for more information!

Support Cliveden’s Exploration of the Chew Family!


Cliveden hosted two events this year–A Royal Wedding Celebration, which explored the Chews’ and Germantown’s connection to British royalty, and Clues & Booze & Chews, which returned as a scavenger hunt! Both events gave visitors a different look at Cliveden’s history. 
There’s still time to donate before 2018 ends! With your support, Cliveden can maintain its award-winning programming and research to make the buildings and grounds accessible to the public. Your support helps Cliveden bring history to life!

Help Cliveden Continue Community Engagement!

Cliveden’s grounds came alive at Mt. Airy Day and the Revolutionary Germantown Festival! Every year, the community gathers together to explore the history and culture in their neighborhood during the first weekends in May and October. Both events are free to the public.

Volunteers are welcome at Cliveden! Please contact Cliveden’s office at if you are interested in volunteer opportunities, such as help at community events and grounds maintenance. It takes many hands to maintain the property and run Cliveden’s programming. Your support makes the difference!

Help Cliveden Interpret Its Spaces!

Cliveden is hosting indoor goat yoga with Philly Goat Project during the winter. The goats offer a glimpse at how Cliveden’s grounds and spaces were used over time–for example, Cliveden was once a working farm!

Cliveden’s annual programming, preservation work, and grounds benefit greatly from your support. With your help, Cliveden will continue to share its history among old and new friends around the community and region. Thank you!