The Clermont State Historic Site has announced their Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase has been set for Saturday, May 4th, from 11 am to 4 pm. The Showcase, one of the historic site’s oldest and most popular annual festivals, has become a springtime tradition. The music stage will welcome Tamarack and The T McCann Band back for lively traditional music throughout the day. [Read more…] about Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase at Clermont
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The American Declaration of Independence has striking parallels with the Dutch Act of Abjuration (1581)—different ages, different people, but the same struggle, the same principles, the same values, and even the same phrasing. Is this a coincidence, or did Declaration of Independence committee member Robert R Livingston, a founding father which Dutch roots, impact the American document with his knowledge of Dutch history?
Dr. Geerten Whaling, a Dutch historian from the University of Leiden, will be discussing the revolutionary history of the founding of the Dutch Republic and it’s direct and indirect influence on the Founders of the United States at the Clermont State Historic Site on March 14th. [Read more…] about Robert Livingston, Dutch Ideas, and the American Revolution
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 sample all kinds of activities, attend polite tea parties, hear a speech by George Washington, learn Palatine cooking and see a musket firing demonstration by Revolutionary War re-enactors, as well as a chance to meet Martha Washington. [Read more…] about Old Fashioned Independence Day at Clermont
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. [Read more…] about Slavery and the Palatines Lecture at Clermont Sunday
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. [Read more…] about Holiday Open House at Clermont Dec 16th
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. [Read more…] about Old Fashioned Independence Day at Clermont State Historic Site
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. [Read more…] about Invasion 1777: The Battlefield at Clermont
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. [Read more…] about Chancellor Livingston: Reexamining a Founding Father June 26
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. [Read more…] about Margaret Beekman Livingston: The Old Lady of Clermont