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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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Three blog posts on the AAGG’s research into the Chew Family Papers & putting a spotlight on discoveries! Adrienne Whaley and the members of the African American Genealogy Group of Philadelphia (AAGG) have worked with the Chew Family Papers for the last two years to lift up stories of the enslaved families and communities that…Read more...
Have a free cider after your tour! Local cidery and tasting room, Young American Hard Cider & Tasting Room, is offering a special promotion for Cliveden tours! After your tour, head over to Young American for a FREE, traditional cider! This promotion is only good on the day of your tour and visitors must show…Read more...
2023 Cliveden Conversation Series Cliveden, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the African American Genealogy Group collaborated for the program Reconstructing Black Families: Stories from the Chew Papers on Tuesday, April 18th. The conversation discussed recent digitization work of documents from the Chew Family Papers, the work of recreating family groups done by the African…Read more...
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Memory, Hope & Resistance: presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier, Philadelphia chapter Chef Angela Johnson has curated a program for Black History Month: Memory, Hope and Resistance celebrating the voices of the formerly enslaved with readings from “To Address you as my Friend.” There will be a ceremony honoring the ancestors conducted by Desi Brittingham, Yoruba Priest of…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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