Saint Paul's Church Program Schedule
June - December 2015
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 'First Thursdays at St. Paul's' Event Schedule.
Sat., June 13, open from Noon to 4 PM
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.
Saturday, 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.
Wed., July 8, 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 11, open from Noon to 4 PM
George Washington's America: Through Maps.
At 1 PM, historian and author Barnet Schecter explores the public life and military career of George Washington through a remarkable series of 18th century maps in the possession of the commanding general of the Continental army and our nation's first President.In an innovative presentation, Mr. Schechter utilizes the maps to chronicle Washington's participation in the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the founding of the republic.
Wed., July 15, 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.
Wed., July 22, 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.
Sat., Aug. 8, open from Noon to 4 PM
Religious Freedom in in Colonial America.
At 1 PM, Professor Laura Chmielewski of SUNY Purchase explores the parameters of religious freedom and toleration in colonial America, helping to illuminate one of the themes raised in the site's current feature exhibition, "Intrigue on the Village Green: The Election of 1733 at St. Paul's".Among Professor Chmielewski's works is the 2011 book, The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier".
Wed., Aug. 19, 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
Tuesday., Aug. 25, 9 AM - 5 PM
Please visit St. Paul's Church N.H.S. to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. Learn about the dynamic political process of the early history of the colonies though the special exhibition exploring the Election of 1733 at St. Paul's; hear the historic sounds of the 1839 Erben pipe organ; and discover the site's vibrant history through the Junior Ranger program.
Monday, Sept. 7, open regular hours 9 AM to 5 PM
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 bell tower offered.
Sat., Sept. 12, open from Noon to 4 PM
The Legacy of the Civil War.
At 1 PM, Professor Adrienne Petty of City College explores the significance, aftermath and legacy of the Civil War, helping to culminate the site's recognition of the sesquicentennial of the national conflict of 1861-1865.Dr. Petty's publications include, Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War, published in 2013.We also offer tours of the historic church and cemetery, one of the nation's oldest burial grounds.
Monday, Oct. 12, open regular hours, 9 AM to 5 PM
There will be a presentation in the museum at 1 PM exploring the history of Columbus Day.Children can enjoy special crafts projects related to the Holiday, in addition to scavenger hunts focusing on the historic church and cemetery, with prizes.Tour the historic Bell Tower.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 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. 16, 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. 17, 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.
Wednesday, 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, hear a performance and sing along of songs that soldiers would have sung and heard, from the 18th century to the 20th century, and at 2 PM, there's a talk about the history and meaning of Veterans Day.
Sat., Nov. 14, open from noon to 4 PM
Freedom of the Press in American History At 1 PM
Professor Richard John of the Columbia University Journalism School explores the history of freedom of the press in America, with a focus on its religious and political dimension, amplifying themes of the site's current feature exhibition, "Intrigue on the Village Green: The Election of 1733 at St. Paul's".Dr. John's publications include the award winning 2010 book, Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications.
Sat., Dec. 12, 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.
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10 AM - Noon
Bill of Rights Program
An educational program marking the 224th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights.
Sun., Dec. 20, 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. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 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