Saint Paul's Church Program Schedule
May 2013 - December 2013
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 July. 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.
To view the Saint Paul's Church Spring History & Music Schedule, click here.
To view the 'First Thursdays at Saint Paul's' event schedule, click here.
Church Tower Walk
Join us for a hike up the wooden staircase in the Church tower, leading to the historic, 250-year-oldmetal bell, one of the oldest in the country. (Note: This program is repeated, every other Friday, weather permitting -- May 17, May 31, June 14, June 28.)
Sat., May 11
We're open for regular tours of the site, from noon to 4PM.
St. Paul's Historic Dinner, will be held from 5 to 9 PM:The Historic Dinner event commemorates the 250th anniversary of St. Paul's Church, whose construction began in 1763. The event features a historical talk, period meal, music, and honoree. Contact the site at 914-667-4116 for ticket reservations and details.
Monday, May 27, 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.
Sat., June 8, open from Noon to 4 PM
Join us for Colonial-era style music, dancing, crafts, games, and arms. There's 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.
Thursday, 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.
Friday, July 5, 3 PM
Church Tower Walk
Join us for a talk and a walk up the 74 steps of the centuries-old Church tower, leading to the historic bronze bell. (This program will be repeated every other Friday, weather permitting, through October -- July 19, Aug.2, Aug.16, Aug. 30, Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11.)
Wed., July 10, 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;
Sat., July 13, open from Noon to 4 PM
The Aftermath: How the the American Revolution Changed New York
Dr. John Staudt, who teaches American history at Hofstra University, explores political and social life in New York in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Additionally, there's a performance of American Revolution songs, a demonstration about the use of the church as a wartime field hospital, historic children's games, and tours of the historic cemetery and Church Bell Tower.
Wed., July 17, 1 PM
Bayonets, Musket Balls & Ship's Bread
Witness a costumed demonstration about the life of a Revolutionary War soldier; refreshments provided.
Wed., July 24, 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 bold Puritan rebel Anne Hutchinson near St. Paul's in the 1640s.
Sat., Aug. 10, open from Noon to 4 PM
Religious Tensions in Colonial America.
Based on her recent publication, The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier, Professor Laura Chmielewski of SUNY Purchase explores the interplay between Protestant appeals and Catholic settlements in early America, helping to recognize the 250th anniversary of St. Paul's Church.
Wed., Aug. 21, 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
Sat., Sept. 14, open from Noon to 4 PM
Benedict Arnold as a British General
At 1 PM, enjoy a living history performance exploring the experiences of Benedict Arnold as a General in the British Army during his invasion of Connecticut (his home state) in 1781. There's also a 3 PM tour of the historic church and Bell Tower, as well as the cemetery, one of the nation's oldest burial yards.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 AM
Tour of Pell's Point Battlefield
Join us for a walking tour 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.
Fri., Oct. 18, 7 PM
Candlelight Tour & Historic Music Program
Tour the historic cemetery by candlelight, visiting the graves of soldiers and civilians who lived through the American Revolution; hear a performance of 18th century music by Linda Russell & Companie, in the historic Church; refreshments served -- part of the Battle of Pell's Point Encampment.
Sat. Oct. 19, 10 AM to 4 PM
Battle of Pell's Point Encampment
An encampment that commemorates the nearby 1776 Battle of Pell's Point. It includes talks on the American Revolution, musket firing and militia drill, period music and dancing, dramatizations, crafts and cooking, historic children's games and toys, with dozens of costumed re-enactors, representing the armies that fought in the Revolutionary War. Special talk on the Hessians of the American Revolution.
Sat., Nov. 9, open from noon to 4 PM
American Indians and the Civil War
At 1 PM, Lawrence M. Hauptmann, a Distinguished Professor of History at SUNY New Paltz, explores the experiences of about 20,000 American Indians who served in the Union and Confederate armies. The talk explains the reasons for the significant presence of so many Native Americans in the Civil War and recounts their significant contributions to combat and to regimental life. Among the Native Americans covered are the Iroquois in New York and Wisconsin, Ojibwes and Odawas in Michigan and the Pequots in Connecticut. The talk is presented through the Speakers in the Humanities program of the New York Council for the Humanities.
Monday, Nov. 11, open regular hours, 9 to 5
Veterans Day Commemoration
Join us for an 11 AM ceremony commemorating Veterans Day, followed by tours recalling the stories of soldiers buried in the historic cemetery. At 1 PM, there will be a performance and sing-along of songs that soldiers would have sung and heard from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Friday, Dec. 13, 10 AM - Noon
Bill of Rights Program
An educational program marking the 221th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights.
Sat., Dec. 14, open from Noon to 4 PM
Holiday Music & The Holiday of Christmas
Join us for a 2 PM Holiday performance of Holiday music, featuring Harp, French Horn and voice. Arrive early at 1 PM for a presentation about the historical development of Christmas as a holiday in America.
Sun., Dec. 22, 2 PM
Holiday Organ Concert
A recital by acclaimed organist Kathryn Jones featuring classical music on the 1830 Erben (accompanied by soprano), including some traditional carols and Holiday favorites. Refreshments served.
Dec. 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, 10 AM to 4 PM
Family Holiday Program
Historic games, activities, music and demonstrations, designed for children on vacation from school, as well as parents, adults, and others.
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