Program Schedule: April - September 2019
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. August 24, 1 PM. Author and musician Marc Ferris explores the fascinating history and origins of The Star Spangled Banner in 1814. The program features a talk about the development of our national anthem, punctuated by live musical renditions of the song’s original version along with other tunes considered for anthem status in this broad sweep of American musical history. Mr. Ferris is the author of, “Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America's National Anthem,” published in 2014.
Friday, April 12, 3 PM
Join us for a special performance of arias and duets from the classics, by the acclaimed Bronx Opera Company, accompanied by music on the 1830 Erben pipe organ.
Sat. April 13, open from noon to 4 PM
At 2 PM, author and historian David Nasaw explores the story of Joseph Kennedy, the larger than life patriarch of the Kennedy family. Dr. Nasaw, the Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, is the author of the widely acclaimed “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy,” a 2013 Pulitzer Prized Finalist in Biography. Professor Nasaw is also author of acclaimed biographies of Andrew Carnegie and William Randolph Hearst. Dr. Nasaw’s talk marks the 15th annual Aronson Memorial Lecture, named for a devoted volunteer at St. Paul’s in the 1980s and 90s.
Sat., May 11, open from noon to 4 PM, with special gallery talks elaborating on the site’s new feature exhibit, “A Special Role: St. Paul’s Church & World War II”.
Friday, May 17, 3 PM
A presentation exploring World War II, by the staff of St. Paul’s.
Monday, May 27, 11 AM – 3 PM. Memorial Day will be commemorated through talks, interpretive tours of the historic cemetery, re-enactments and music, including a ceremony in the church beginning at 11 AM followed by laying wreaths at the graves of soldiers buried at St. Paul’s.
Friday, June 7, 3:00 PM.
Join us for an hour of music, perfomred by Intuition Quartet. The program co-features originals, blues, bossa nova and pop music, performed by Pam Sklar, flute; Hope Berkeley, harmonica; Irene Maher, guitar & lead vocals, and Joan Indig, bass and lead vocals.
Sat., June 8, open from noon to 4 PM.
Allison C. Meier, a Brooklyn based writer on the arts, history and nature, explores the history of life & mortality in early New York, particularly related to how, and where, a person was interred. Life could be hard in the rowdy seaport, with yellow fever outbreaks and an active slave trade. This talk will also consider what is missing from the plaques, surviving cemeteries, and other public commemorations of our past. Learn about colonial gravestone carving through a crafts demonstration. Enjoy a special 2:30 performance, by Kathryn Jones, on the 1830 Erben pipe organ.
Th., July 4, 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.
Sat., July 6, 1 PM
Part I of a talk titled, “President Harry Truman the Atomic Bomb and the End of the War against Japan,” by Raymond H. Geselbracht, Village Historian of Bronxville, NY, and formerly a Special Assistant for the Office of the Director of the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, in Independence, Missouri
Sat., July 13, 1 PM
Part II of Mr. Geselbracht’s talk about President Truman and the end of World War II.
Sat., July 20, 1 PM
Journalist and author Alison Cowan chronicles the remarkable story of Deborah Sampson, the woman who disguised herself as a man and served honorably in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
Sat., July 27, 1 PM.
A talk explores, “Anne Hutchinson’s Brief Life near St. Paul’s Church,”
Sat. August 3, 1 PM. Daniel Conant, plays an hour of classical guitar music
Sat., August 10, 1 PM, Open Up Your Closet: World War II. We encourage visitors to bring their World War II memorabilia -- uniforms, posters, ration cards, medals, military records, pamphlets -- to this presentation exploring America and World War II. Those items will form the basis of a discussion about the experience of America and World War II, led by Michael Callahan, a Park Ranger at St. Paul's and a Captain (ret.), United States Army.
Sat. August 17, 1 PM. Author and historian Frederic C. Wagner III explores the context and combat at the famous battle of June 1876, in southern Montana, where a combined Indian force defeated the 7th Cavalry under the command of Colonel George A. Custer, including a surprising connection to St. Paul’s. Mr. Wagner is the author of, The Strategy of Defeat at the Little Big Horn: A Military and Timing Analysis of the Battle.
Sat. August 31, 1 PM. As we approach Labor Day, a presentation exploring the history and significance of the Pullman strike of 1894, by author and historian Jack Kelly, based on his forthcoming book, “The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America”.
Sat. Sept. 7, Michael Virgintino explores Freedomland, the short lived but memorable historical amusement theme park of the early 1960s that welcomed thousands of visitors on the land now home to Co-Op City, in the northern Bronx. He is the author of the recently published, “Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History.”
Sat. Sept. 14, 1 PM. A talk by Professor Kristopher Burrell of Hostos Community College about the Tuskegee airmen of World War II, helping to illuminate themes reflected in the current feature exhibition on display at St. Paul’s.
Sat. Sept 21, Eric Thomas performs selections of music for flute, featuring Jazz, Contemporary and Swing selections, accompanied by piano.
Sat. Sept. 28, Author and archaeologist Dr. Euegne Boesch explores the culture, history and legacy of the Lenape Indians, the original settlers of the St. Paul’s area.