Program Schedule: January - June 2020
St. Paul's Church National Historic Site is open for tours of the site's rich, 340-year-old history throughout the year. From early January through late-June, the site will be open Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During those months of January through June, the site will also be open the second Saturday of each month, noon to 4 PM. From early July through late-December, the site will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Sat. Jan. 11, open from noon to 4 PM.
At 1 PM, Robert Marchant, journalist and author of the recently published, widely acclaimed, “Westchester: History of an Iconic Suburb,” explores Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage in Westchester County, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition and passage of the 19th amendment.
Monday, Jan. 20, 1 PM
A talk about the civil rights struggles and triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Prof. Kristopher Burrell of Hostos Community College;
Sat. Feb. 8, open noon to 4 PM, recognizing Black History Month.
At 1 PM, a talk about Booker T. Washington, the well-known, significant and controversial African American educator and leader of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, by Professor Mark Christian of the City University Graduate Center, who is currently working on a book about the founder of the Tuskegee Institute.
Monday, Feb. 17, open 9 to 5.
Commemoration of President’s Day. A 1 PM talk about the Presidency of Harry Truman, by Professor David Woolner, of Marist College, author of several books on 20th century American history, and re-enactors portraying presidents.
Sat., March 14, open noon to 4 PM.
Commemoration of Women’s History Month, featuring a 1 PM Living History presentation by a re-enactor portraying the inspiring story of Deborah Sampson, the woman who disguised herself as a man and fought credibly for the American army in the Revolutionary War.
Friday, March 27, 3 PM.
Music, welcoming spring, bass-baritone Ronald Campbell, sings opera and oratorio, accompanied by music on the historic Erben pipe organ.
Sat. April 11, 2 PM. Dr. David Blight of Yale University explores the life and times of Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped to freedom in the 1830s, and emerged as a maverick and leading abolitionist in the North in the decades before the Civil War. A well-known highly controversial figure, Douglass remained a strident voice for civil rights through his death in 1895. Dr. Blight explored these themes in his 2019 book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” which received the Pulitzer Prize in History. Dr. Blight is the Sterling Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies; Director, Gilder Lehrman Center. His talk marks the 16h annual Aronson Memorial Lecture, named for a devoted volunteer at St. Paul’s in the 1980s and 1990s. Arrive early, at 12 noon, for a musical performance featuring Pam Sklar on flute, playing originals and covers, accompanied by harmonica, bass and guitar.
Wed., April 15, 3 PM.
The acclaimed Bronx Opera Company, spring performance, featuring arias and duets from the classics, accompanied by music on the 1830 Erben pipe organ.
Sat., May 9, open from noon to 4 PM
Special gallery talks exploring the site’s feature exhibition, “A Special Role: St. Paul’s Church and World War II”.
Friday, May 22, 3 PM.
Learn about the experiences and service of St. Paul’s parishioners who served in World War II, through a talk by Park Ranger and Captain (ret.) United States Army Mike Callahan.
Monday, May 25, 11 AM.
Commemoration of Memorial Day, including a guided walking tour exploring the lives and military service of soldiers buried in the historic cemetery. The program will include the re-dedication of the grave of a Civil War soldier buried at St. Paul’s. There will also be a talk, music and living history presentations. The site is open from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Friday, June 5, 3 PM.
Enjoy an hour of music, with Peter Lawrence on Clarinet, featuring jazz and swing selections, accompanied by keyboard.
Sat., June 13, open from noon to 4 PM.
A 1 PM talk about everyday life in colonial America, and featuring a colonial crafts demonstration. There will also be a recital on the 1830 Erben pipe organ.
Schedule is Subject to Change.