Saint Paul's Church Program Schedule


Program Schedule

January - September 2016

St. Paul's Church National Historic Site is open for tours of the site's rich, 340-year-old history, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. We are open 1PM to 9 PM the first Thursday of each month, except August. The site is also open the second Saturday of every month, from noon to 4 PM, except October, when we are open the third Saturday of the month, instead of the second Saturday. Parking and admission are free.

View the Saint Paul's Church Spring Music Schedule.

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View the 'First Thursdays at St. Paul's' Event Schedule.

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Friday, Jan. 1,

New Year's Day

We're open regular hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, with hot cider and cookies to welcome the New Year, and a 1:30 PM presentation about the history of New Year's.

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Sat., Jan. 9, open from Noon to 4 PM

Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol

At 1:30 PM, enjoy a theatrical performance recreating Charles Dickens' own readings of the classic tale.The program brings the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Crachit and Tiny Tim alive.

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Friday, Jan. 15, 2 PM

A talk and discussion about the life and career of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

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Monday, Jan. 18,

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The site will be open regular hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, with a special talk at 1 PM by Professor Mark Christian of Lehman College exploring the civil rights struggles and triumphs of Dr. King.

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Th., Feb. 4, 7 PM

Celebrating Black History Month

Join us for a program commemorating Benjamin Rebecca Turner, former slaves who established a multi-generational homestead near St. Paul's in the 19th century

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Friday, Feb. 5, 2 PM

"St. Paul's and the Presidents,"

Presentation exploring the interesting and varied connection to St. Paul's of five Presidents, from Washington to F.D.R.

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Friday, Feb. 12, 2 PM,

Lincoln Assassination

A talk and discussion about the April 1865 assassination of President Lincoln, including a surprising connection to St. Paul's Church.

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Sat., Feb. 13, open from Noon to 4 PM

A recognition of Black History Month

At 1 PM, learn about the 20th century civil rights movement though a talk by Professor Clarence Taylor of Baruch College whose publications include, "Black Religious Intellectuals: The Fight for Equality from Jim Crow to the 21st Century."

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Monday, Feb. 15, President's Day, open from 9 AM to 5 PM

A recognition of President's Day

At 1 PM, enjoy a talk by Professor Andrew Robertson of the CUNY Graduate Center comparing the public careers and lives of President John Adams and President John Quincy Adams, both of whom visited St. Paul's Church.Dr. Robertson's books include, "The Language of Democracy: Political Rhetoric in the United States and Britain, 1790 –1900".There will also be living history dramatizations by General Washington and President Lincoln.
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Th., March 3, 7 PM

A presentation exploring the interface between the Puritan rebel Anne Hutchinson, the Dutch commercial colony of New Netherland and the local Lenape Indians, near St. Paul's Church, in the early 1640s.

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Friday, March 11, 2 PM

Performance of jazz and swing standards, with flute and keyboard.

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Sat., March 12, open from Noon to 4 PM

Women’s History Month Event: Eleanor Roosevelt & Ballet Performance

In recognition of March as Women's History Month, at 1 PM Professor Lisa Keller of SUNY Purchase explores the political significance of Eleanor Roosevelt, one of America’s most influential First Ladies, who visited St. Paul’s in the 1930s. At2:00, the world renownedAjkun Ballet Theatrepresents a special dance sequence evoking the lives of three prominent American women associated with St. Paul’s – Anne Hutchinson, Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Friday, March 18, 2 PM

Acclaimed organist Kathryn Jones performs on the 1830 Erben, among the nation's oldest working pipe organs.

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Th., April 7, 7 PM

A presentation examining the Lenape Indians, the original settlers of the St. Paul's area, by author and anthropologist Dr. David Oestreicher

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Sat. April 9, open from noon to 4 PM

At 2 PM, Professor Alan Taylor of the University of Virginia explores themes raised in his Pulitzer-prize winning 2014 book, ""The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832."The Pulitzer committee's citation calls the book "a meticulous and insightful account of why runaway slaves in the colonial era were drawn to the British side as potential liberators."Dr. Taylor's other books include "The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels and Indians Allies" and "The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution."Professor Taylor's talk represents the 12th annual Aronson Memorial Lecture,named for a devoted volunteer at St. Paul's in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Friday, April 15, 3 PM

A performance of arias and duets from classic operas, by the acclaimed Bronx Opera Company, accompanied by music on the 1830 Erben pipe organ.

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Friday, April 29, 3 PM

Exploring the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

In recognition of the 2016 centennial, we will offer presentations on the history and outstanding features of three units of the Park Service which our staff has visited and enjoyed, encouraging our visitors to journey to those special places. A digital presentation--with historical commentary and discussion.

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Th., May 5 PM

70th anniversary of VE Day

A presentation chronicling reactions to end of World War II in Europe

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Friday, May 27, 3 PM

Acadia National Park, in Maine

In recognition of the 2016 centennial, we will offer presentations on the history and outstanding features of three units of the Park Service which our staff has visited and enjoyed, encouraging our visitors to journey to those special places. Images, experiences and historical commentary.

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Monday, May 30, Memorial Day

Soldiers' Stories &Songs

The site will be open, regular hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, with walking tours recalling the lives and stories of soldiers interred in the historic cemetery. There will also be music, living history demonstrations and talks.

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Th, June 2, 7 PM

A talk exploring different understanding of the meaning of iconographic symbols on 18th century gravestones, by Monmouth University Prof. Adam Heinrich.

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Sat., June 11, open from Noon to 4 PM

Colonial Day

Join us for Colonial era style music, dancing, crafts, games and arms.There are also special tours of the Church Bell Tower and of the colonial section of the historic cemetery, and a recital on the historic pipe organ. Hay rides through the historic cemetery. Talks explore colonial life.

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Friday, June 24, 3 PM

Yellowstone, America's First National Park

In recognition of the 2016 centennial, we will offer presentations on the history and outstanding features of three units of the Park Service which our staff has visited and enjoyed, encouraging our visitors to journey to those special places. A virtual tour and exploration of the natural wonders and history of this park site.

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Monday, July 4, starting at 10:30 AM

Independence Day Celebration

A traditional July 4th celebration featuring music, speeches, refreshments, reading of the Declaration of Independence, and tolling of the historic St. Paul's church bell - 13 times.

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Wed., July 6, 10:30 AM

Tour of Pell's Point Battlefield

A walking tour of portions of the Split Rock Golf Course, in Pelham Bay Park, site of the Revolutionary War battle of Pell's Point.Reservations must be made in advance through St. Paul's; space is limited;call 914-667-4116 for details;

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Sat., July 9, open from Noon to 4 PM.T

he Revolutionary War

At 1 PM, author and historian Jack Kelly, who lives in the Hudson Valley, explores the remarkable story of the American victory in the War for Independence.Kelly's most recent book is, "Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America's Independence".
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Wed., July 13, 1 PM

Life of the Revolutionary War Soldier

Enjoy a living history presentation about the life and experiences of the common soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

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Wed., July 20, 1 PM

A Clash of Cultures: Anne Hutchinson's Brief Life near St. Paul's Church

A presentation exploring the interface between the local Lenape Indians, the Dutch commercial colony of New Netherland and the Puritan rebel, exile Anne Hutchinson, near St. Paul's Church, in the 1640s.

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Sat., Aug. 13, open from Noon to 4 PM

At 1 PM, there will be a presentation by a Professor Laura Chmielewski of SUNY Purchase about a topic related to the site's current feature exhibition, which explores the election of 1733 at St. Paul's.

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Wed., Aug. 17, 1 PM

The Authors of St. Paul's

A presentation exploring the lives and writings of three authors buried at St. Paul's --Frederick Whittaker, a leading 19th century dime novelist;Matthew Graham, a Civil War veteran and regimental historian;Lyon Boston, a prominent 20th century lawyer and writer of a personal memoir

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Monday, Sept. 5, open regular hours 9 AM to 5 PM

Labor Day

Tours throughout the day recall the various and shifting occupations over the centuries of men and women interred in the historic cemetery.There also will be a 1 PM presentation in the museum about the history of Labor Day.Tours of the Church offered.

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Sat., Sept. 10, open from noon to 4 PM

There will be a special program at 1 PM.Topic and presenter TBD.

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Schedule is Subject to Change.

For more information, please call: (914) 667-4116

We are located at 897 S. Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

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