Today is the last day to support Cliveden's end of year appeal! Watch our videos below to learn how you can support us in 2022!
12 Ways at Cliveden: Outside In
Join Cliveden from November 30th (#GivingTuesday) through New Years' Eve as we highlight Cliveden's achievements in 2021 and how you can support us in 2022!
#GivingTuesday: Greenspace & Community Engagement
Our first video discusses Cliveden's green space and how we used it to engage with our community safely during the pandemic. Every day, we were delighted to see our community visiting the site, from dog walks to the occasional picnic, and we hope our community will continue using Cliveden's green space in the future.
Indoor & Outdoor Tours
Our second video highlights our 2021 tour season and the indoor and outdoor tour offerings available to the public. We were excited to welcome visitors back inside the Carriage House Visitor Center and Main House to view our core exhibit Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? and our women's exhibit, Preserving & Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden!
Considering Re-enactments & 2021 Revolutionary Germantown Festival
Our third video highlights our project Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence and the 2021 Revolutionary Germantown Festival. We shared the outcomes from our project and we look forward to continuing to hold discussions about our interpretation of the American Revolution. The Revolutionary Germantown Festival returned Saturday, October 2nd and we met with our advisory task force to assist with programming and implement some of the suggestions we heard during our project. It was wonderful welcoming festivalgoers back to Cliveden!
Preservation at Cliveden
Our fourth video highlights the preservation work at Cliveden in 2021. Our preservation work focused on caring for the landscape and critical building repairs such as fitting the Main House chimneys with new chimney caps, cleaning items in Cliveden’s collections, and beginning a cultural landscape study and future projects such as repairs to the Germantown Avenue front gate and renovations to the Carriage House Visitor Center. Thank you to the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia, the Connelly Foundation, Historic Germantown, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for their support!
2021 Liberty to Go to See series
Liberty to Go to See returned virtually in June as part of Historic Germantown’s annual Juneteenth celebration. We held three programs discussing themes found in the play: Liberty during the Revolution, Liberty for Women, and Liberty for the Enslaved. Each program featured an introduction and facilitation with Patricia Scott Hobbs, scenes from the play, and insights from three professors: Dr. Rebecca Brannon, Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University; Dr. Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University, and Dr. Jessica Millward, Associate Professor and Core Faculty member of African American Studies at UC Irvine. Each professor provided a deep dive into the meaning of scenes from Liberty to Go to See and helped to root the complex stories in the play within the larger context of American history.
In 2022, we hope to present Liberty to Go to See live with an updated script reflecting new information based on research in the Chew Family Papers and in the archives of Homewood Museum. Watch today's video to learn how you can support our efforts!
Education & Research
Our last video in our 12 Ways at Cliveden: Outside In series highlights our education and research work in 2021. Our Cliveden Conversation series continued virtually this year. In April, we held a joint virtual program with Homewood Museum entitled, ‘A Tale of Two Houses: Cliveden & Homewood,’ which explored the shared, complicated history of the properties and further explored the story of Charity Castle and Harriet Chew Carroll, two women separated by social status yet their lives at Homewood and the abuse they both experience from Charles Carroll Jr. bound their lives together closely. We invited the public to spend time on Cliveden’s grounds for Juneteenth and July 4th, and we engaged in deeper research into the Chew family’s involvement in Mid-Atlantic enslavement for a new project entitled, Illuminating Hidden Lives: Black Stories of the Mid-Atlantic Region. We will share our research in 2022 in a joint program with the African American Genealogical Society.
Today is the last day to contribute towards Cliveden’s end of year appeal! Watch today’s video to learn how you can support our education and research efforts and visit our website to view our other videos discussing our work in 2021. We thank you for your support and we wish you a very happy New Year!
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