12 Ways at Cliveden

Learn how Cliveden continued sharing its history in 2020

From December 1, 2020 (#GivingTuesday) through New Year's Eve, we shared videos detailing our accomplishments in 2020, the various ways our community's support made it all possible, and how you can help us continue sharing Cliveden's diverse history in 2021. We are excited to continue being a safe space for significant and engaging conversations in 2021 and hope that you will join us.  

Our first video takes a brief look at the past year, from adjusting to working remotely to finding innovative ways to share Cliveden's history. Despite all the obstacles 2020 presented, Cliveden's staff rose to the challenge and are excited to share our highlights from the year with you. 

Cliveden launched a new project this year, called Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence, to take an in-depth look at the annual re-enactments at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival and our interpretation of the American Revolution. To learn more about our project, click here

Considering Re-enactments: The battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and and by the Interpretation and Education Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Maintaining and preserving Cliveden's five and a half acres and buildings can be labor intensive, and this year was no exception. From cleaning the statuary and repairing the cobblestones to installing storm window inserts, Cliveden was certainly busy in 2020. 

You can support Cliveden's preservation efforts through our Amazon Wish List!

Cliveden's grounds re-opened in June after a 2-month closure due to the pandemic. We were excited to welcome visitors back to the grounds, but we faced a new challenge: how do we bring history outside? Answer: new outdoor exhibits! 

In celebration of Juneteenth, Cliveden presents its annual dramatic event, Liberty to Go to See. This year, we offered a virtual presentation featuring a video of the play and a question-and-answer session with the play's facilitator, director, writer, and some former cast members. We hope to return to an on-site performance in 2021; stay tuned for details!

Liberty to Go to See is supported by The Haley Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Cliveden debuted a new exhibition in August called Preserving and Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden. The exhibit highlights the lives of the women who lived and labored at Cliveden from the 18th through the 20th centuries and features items from our collections. The exhibit currently discusses thirteen women's stories, but there are many more women who stories are waiting to be discovered. 

Preserving & Adapting their World: The Women of Cliveden is generously supported by The Haley Foundation, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Dr. Randall & Linda P. Miller in memory of Elisabeth Shellenberger (1921-2019), community member, preservation advocate, Cliveden board member and guide. 

Cliveden and the sites of Historic Germantown collaborated to present a socially distanced Revolutionary Germantown Festival in 2020. Although the Battle of Germantown re-enactments were cancelled, visitors were able to visit and engage with fifteen sites in Germantown. 

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