Support a Local Treasure this holiday season!
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 two ways:
By check: Please make out to ‘Cliveden’ and mail it to 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144.
Online through Paypal: Click on the button below to make a donation.
Cliveden did amazing work this past year. Read below to see our accomplishments and how you can support us!
Day #1 & #2: Preserving the Main House & AmazonSmile
In 2019 important work on Cliveden’s buildings was completed! The 1767 Kitchen Dependency wall, Colonnade wall, and Main House floors were restored this year. Funding to restore the 1767 Kitchen Dependency and Colonnade walls came from a Keystone Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. This work gives us the opportunity to better interpret Cliveden’s architectural history and share with the community how the property changed over time.
You can support Cliveden’s preservation and stewardship work by donating through our website and through Amazon! Cliveden has an Amazon wish list and is a recognized organization for AmazonSmile. We are registered as Cliveden of the National Trust. To learn more about AmazonSmile, read here.
Day #3 & #4: Cliveden’s Landscape
Our goat friends from the Philly Goat Project spent time at Cliveden this summer, eating the invasive plants around the grounds. Their hard work allowed us to maintain Cliveden as a green space for our community and attracted a lot of attention from our neighbors!
We welcome our neighbors to swing by Cliveden’s grounds—our front gate is now open on a daily basis! Just like the buildings and objects, the grounds are another way we share Cliveden’s history. Supporting our landscape work ensures that we remain an open green space.
Day #5 & #6: Research is Key
In 2019, Cliveden staff continued the important exploration of the intersections between the Chew properties throughout the Mid-Atlantic with a focus on the lives of the free and enslaved laborers. A new exhibit this spring focused on the life and labor at Epsom Farm, illuminating the complex narratives of diverse labor forces during the 19th century.
Continued research at Cliveden is vital to the programs and exhibits produced every year. Your contribution assists us in sharing new information about the people who lived and worked at Cliveden with the community. And new for 2019, you can join as a Friend of Cliveden and receive special access to exhibits for 2020!
Day #7 & #8: Programming & Collaboration
2019 was an exciting year at Cliveden. We had the privilege of hosting Cliveden Conversations featuring guest speakers Dr. Tina Sheller and recent alumnae Hannah Lane and Sophia Lipman from Goucher College and Dr. Marc Ross from Bryn Mawr College. We also collaborated with the American Philosophical Society and the Museum of the American Revolution on programs about 18th century map techniques and artistic perspectives of the Battle of Germantown.
There’s still time to donate before 2019 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!
Day #9 & #10: Revolutionary Germantown Festival
The 42nd annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival was held on October 5th! The festival featured family-friendly activities, tours of the Main House, and two re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown staged by 300 re-enactors from around the region. Huzzah!
For 2020, Cliveden is excited to dive into discussions with our communities around the re-enactment of the Battle of Germantown in the light of modern day gun violence. Your input in these future conversations is crucial. More information about the roundtable discussions and special Cliveden Conversations will be available in the new year. Support for the research and development of Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st Century Gun Violence has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Day #11 & #12: Theater & Membership
Cliveden delved into the dramatic arts through specialty tours and the return of Liberty to Go to See! This year, visitors took first-person tours of the Main House led by James Smith; explored how the property was used in the 19th and 20th centuries, and viewed dramatic events in our 1767 Kitchen Dependency and 1959 Kitchen. Liberty to Go to See thrilled audiences once again and all shows were sold out!
The best way to experience Cliveden’s specialty tours and programs is to become a Friend! Join our new membership program, Friends of Cliveden, before the year ends to enjoy exclusive access to our programs as well as support one America’s great historic sites.