Considering Re-enactments

The Battle Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence

Re-enactors marching up Germantown Avenue.

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 around the American Revolution and the re-enactment as an interpretive tool with the help of the community.

This program is part of Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st Century Gun Violence supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and by the Interpretation and Education Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an endowed fund made possible by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In an era of gun violence in the United States, Cliveden looks to initiate dialogue with local and re-enactment communities about the relevancy and impact of the site’s signature event, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival featuring re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown. The Cliveden Conversations will offer input scholars and experts to start conversations with participants around the history and impact of the American Revolution.  The hope is through these discussions Cliveden can discover the impact the site’s current interpretation of Revolutionary era history has on the community, how it makes you feel, and if it resonates with you.

Learn more about Considering Re-enactments.

The final report and video share our project goals and outcomes.

Past Events

Revolutionary War Reinactment

The American Revolution & The Right to Bear Arms

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dr. Jessica Roney, Professor of History at Temple University will discuss the Second Amendment and its roots during the American Revolution followed by a facilitated discussion.

Jacob Charles

Gun Laws from the Revolution to Today: A Conversation with Jacob Charles

Wednesday, September 26, 2020

Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 pm to hear an interview with Jacob Charles, Executive Director of the Center for Firearms Law at Duke University, exploring the changes in gun legislation since America’s founding to today.

First-person interpreter Noah Lewis portraying Ned Hector.

Ned Hector & African Americans during the Revolution

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Join Cliveden for a conversation with Noah Lewis as he shares his over 20-year experience as a first-person interpreter of Ned Hector.

Kimberly Kamara

Ned Hector & African Americans during the Revolution

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Join us for a conversation with local advocate and author Kimberly Kamara as she discusses her experience of loss perpetuated by gun violence followed by a facilitated discussion.

British Soldiers Firing

Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence Community Roundtable

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Join Cliveden and program participants as they share findings from dialogue with local and re-enactment communities about the relevancy and impact from Cliveden’s signature event, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival featuring re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown in light of modern day gun violence. A facilitated discussion will explore next steps.

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 by the Interpretation and Education Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an endowed fund made possibly by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.