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Confronting the Past
The institution of slavery is woven deep into the economic growth and political fabric of America. Benjamin Chew was born on a Maryland plantation into a family with a history of slave-holding dating back to the 17th century.
Preserving the Past
At Cliveden we have many fascinating item collections that help you understand the world of the Chew family. View our collections at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Shown: Tea cup and saucer from 1811.
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Join Cliveden on Thursday evening at 7 pm for the second presentation in our series, Liberty for Women. The program features an introduction and facilitation with Patricia Scott Hobbs, scenes from Liberty to Go to See, and insights from Dr. Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. Tickets are $5 and are…Read more...
Cliveden’s annual dramatic event returns June 10th, 17th and 19th for Juneteenth Join Cliveden via Zoom on Thursday, June 10th, Thursday, June 17th and Saturday, June 19th as we explore three themes present in Liberty to Go to See: Liberty during the Revolution, Liberty for Women, and Liberty for the Enslaved. Each presentation features an…Read more...
The Cliveden Conversation scheduled for tomorrow evening, Reflections on Grief and Child Loss: An Interview with Callie Hawkins, has been postponed to a later date. We will share the new date and any updates through email, our website, and on our social media accounts. If you have purchased a ticket, a refund will be sent…Read more...
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Cliveden’s annual dramatic event returns June 10th, 17th and 19th for Juneteenth Join Cliveden via Zoom on Thursday, June 10th, Thursday, June 17th and Saturday, June 19th as we explore three themes present in Liberty to Go to See: Liberty during the Revolution, Liberty for Women, and Liberty for the Enslaved. Each presentation features an…About this event
Cliveden’s newest exhibit highlights the lives of women at Cliveden: Black, White, free and enslaved, from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Preserving & Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden provides a case study of the ways women exercise power and agency even though society constrains them legally, culturally, and politically. To view the…About this event
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…About this event
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