Liberty to Go to See

The award-winning dramatic event that brings Cliveden's history to life. 

Liberty to Go to See is based on the Chew Family Papers with an initial script written by the Philadelphia Young Playwrights. The play gives audiences an intimate view into the lives of the Chew family members and the lives of the men and women who worked for the Chews—men and women who stories are rarely told. The title comes from a letter from Joseph, an enslaved man, to his master Benjamin Chew, Sr., requesting employment closer to his wife. Liberty to Go to See contrasts the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by showing the paradoxes of racial discrimination, class divisions, gender roles, and the struggle for freedom.

Liberty to Go to See returns virtually in June with three programs!

Liberty during the Revolution

Join Cliveden on June 10th as we explore the theme, Liberty during the Revolution. The program will feature an introduction and facilitation with Patricia Scott Hobbs, scenes from Liberty to Go to See, and insights from Dr. Rebecca Brannon, Associate Professor of History at James Madison University.

Tickets are $5 and are on sale through June 10th at 2:30 pm.

Dr. Rebecca Brannon

Dr. Rebecca Brannon

Dr. Rebecca Brannon is an Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her research focuses on eighteenth-century American history and explores broad questions about the American Revolution and the transition to modernity in the period.  Her book From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists was the winner of the 2016 George C. Rogers Jr. Award and was named to the Journal of the American Revolution’s 100 Best Books on the American Revolution list.

Liberty for Women

Join Cliveden on June 17th as we explore the theme, Liberty for Women. The program will feature 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 on sale through June 17th at 2:30 pm.

Dr. Lisa Tetrault

Dr. Lisa Tetrault

Dr. Lisa Tetrault is an Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University specializing in the history of gender, race, and American democracy, with a focus on social movements and memory. Her first book, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898  uncovers the politics behind the manufacture of an origins myth for feminism and won the Organization of American Historians' inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss women's history book prize. Currently Dr. Tetrault is at work on two book-length projects and lectures on the U.S. suffrage movement, broadly construed, and is active as a public historian.

Liberty for the Enslaved

Part of Historic Germantown's Juneteenth Program

Join Cliveden on June 19th as we explore the theme, Liberty for the Enslaved. The program will feature an introduction and facilitation with Patricia Scott Hobbs, scenes from Liberty to Go to See, and insights from Dr. Jessica Millward, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.

Tickets are $5 and are on sale through June 19th at 2:30 pm.

Dr. Jessica Millward

Dr. Jessica Millward

Jessica Millward is a media savvy historian and podcast host who specializes in bringing a historical perspective to modern times.  An out of the box thinker, radical dreamer and intellectual freedom fighter, she is particularly interested in the intersections of slavery, freedom, power and liberation.

An Associate Professor in the Department of History and Core Faculty member of African American Studies at UC Irvine,  Dr. Millward's first book, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black women in Maryland was published as part of the Race in the Atlantic World series.  An award winning scholar, she has published in the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Women’s History, Frontiers, Souls and the Women’s History Review as well as Op-eds in Chronicle of Higher Education, The Feministwire.com and The Conversation.com.  Millward is currently working on a book length project that discusses African American women's experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence in the late 19th century.

All participants will receive each program's Zoom presentation link on the day of each program.

Liberty to Go to See is supported by The Haley Foundation. 

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