Travis Bowman is set to give a lecture on slavery in New York on Sunday, March 11th at 1 pm, at the Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown.
Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Continue reading
Clermont State Historic Site’s holiday season continues on Saturday, December 16 with a free Open House from 11 am to 4 pm.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the mansion’s rooms lavishly decorated for the holidays, warm up with hot mulled cider in the Visitor Center or toasted marshmallows by a roaring bon fire. Continue reading
The Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown will host an Old-Fashioned Independence Day Festival on July 4th. The Festival will take place from 2 to 10 pm, and will offer activities for all ages.
From 2 to 6 pm, the museum will be surrounded by hands-on experiences taken from daily life of the 18th century. Visitors will be able to raise the liberty pole or attend polite tea parties, hear selections from “Common Sense”, firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors, as well as a chance to meet Martha Washington.
Afterward, from 7 to 10 pm, the grounds will be alive with the blues played by the Willie Amrod Band, until the evening is capped off with a view of the Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson River. Continue reading
On Sunday, September 18, 2016 historian Geoff Benton will present a program exploring the grounds of Clermont State Historic Site, not as the idyllic playground of the wealthy Livingston family, but as a high water mark of the British invasion of the Hudson River Valley during the American Revolution. Continue reading
On Sunday, June 26, Clermont State Historic Site will host an opening for the exhibit “Chancellor Livingston: Reexamining a Founding Father,” which highlights Livingston’s contribution to both the Revolutionary War and the founding of America as a new nation.
At 3 pm, Clermont’s Curator of Collections Geoff Benton will give a free tour of the museum highlighting artifacts once belonging to the Chancellor. Afterward, stay to view this unique collection in the museum’s upstairs gallery. Colonial-style goodies and Liberty Punch will be served. Continue reading
The Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers will host a talk, “The Old Lady of Clermont,” on Tuesday afternoon, February 16, 2016.
This free program, presented by Kjirsten Gustavson will begin at 3 pm at the McNary Center of St Paul’s, 6 Sylvester Street in Kinderhook, NY.
Margaret Beekman Livingston was a key figure in the history of Clermont. The mother of several prominent statesmen and shapers of the American Revolution, Margaret has an interesting story of her own. Continue reading