Program Schedule: August - December 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.
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, 1 PM.
Michael Virgintino explores Freedom Land, 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, “Freedom Land 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, 1 PM.
Eric Thomas performs selections of music for flute, featuring Jazz, Contemporary and Swing selections, accompanied by piano.
Sat. Sept. 28, 1 PM.
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.
Sat. Oct. 5, 1 PM.
Please join us for a performance by Intuition Quartet. The program features American Music with Historical Highlights - which will reflect historical periods of St Paul’s past from Civil War era into the present. Musicians are Pam Sklar, flute; Hope Berkeley, harmonica; Irene Maher, guitar & lead vocals; Joan Indig, bass & lead vocals.
Sat. Oct. 12, 1 PM.
Author and historian John Strausbaugh explores the fabric of life in the New York City area during World War II, helping to spotlight themes in the site’s current feature exhibition, “A Special Role: St. Paul’s Church and World War II. His publications include Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II. Arrive early, at 12 noon, for a presentation and reminiscence about life as a child in New York during the war.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 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
Friday, 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 by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, principal historian for Revolutionary Westchester 250, about Westchester County and the American Revolution, “ 'A Nest of Rebels': Desolation Warfare and Patriot Resistance in Westchester County, 1777" at noon.
Oct. 26, 1 PM.
Author and historian Vin Diaquino explores the dynamic story of Sybil Ludington, the young girl who helped summon the militia to resist a British invasion in New York in 1777, based on his new book about the subject. Also, as we approach Halloween, some tales about, Hauntings of the Hudson River Valley"
Th., Oct. 31, 2:30– 5:00 PM.
A special after school, open house Halloween program, with games, activities, prizes, and a special visitor from the past. Costume preferred.
Sat., Nov. 2, 1 PM.
Josh Mensch explores the story behind the conspiracy to assassinate General George Washington in New York City in 1776, based on the recent bestseller he co-authored, “The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington”.
Nov. 9, 1 PM.
Dr. Emily Brooks, an Adjunct Professor of History at La Guardia Community College, explores "Wartime Gotham: Fear & Freedom in the Lives of Regular New Yorkers," helping to illuminate some of the themes in the site's current feature exhibit about World War II. From the signing of the Selective Service Act of 1940 to December 1945, New York was a wartime city. The war pervaded many elements of life for residents of Gotham, sometimes opening new opportunities and at other times constricting existing or emerging liberties. Those topics will be explored in this presentation.
Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Commemoration,, 11 AM.
A brief ceremony in the church beginning at 11 AM is followed by placing commemorative wreaths and a tour exploring the lives and service of soldiers buried in the historic cemetery, with a focus on a veteran, Edward Patterson, of the Mexican-American War of the 1840s. At 1 PM, music historian Robert Cohen presents and interprets recordings of the music of the era of World War II, helping to spotlight themes from the site's current feature exhibition, "A Special Role: St. Paul's and World War II". At 2:30 PM, a talk by historian Paul Gettler explores the Mexican War. The site will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Sat., Nov. 16, 1 PM.
Professor Richard Fogarty of Albany University explores the ideas and values at stake during World War II, at the local, national, and global levels. President Roosevelt’s famous four basic freedoms, articulated on the eve of the war, summed up well the lenses through which many people viewed the war. We will ask how those four freedoms played a role in various events of the war, and how Americans pursued these ideals at home and abroad. And we will ask whether and how these goals were realized, and for whom. The talk illuminates some of themes in the site’s current feature exhibition, “A Special Role: St. Paul’s Church and World War II”. Dr. Fogarty is the author and editor of several books exploring war and society in the 20th century history. Free admission and parking; light refreshments served.
Sat., Nov. 23. 1 PM.
Join us for an examination of the World War II era relationship between President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill, particularly in the context of the planning and implementation of the Normandy invasion of June 1944, by Herman R. Eberhardt, Supervisory Museum Curator, at the F.D.R. Presidential Library, located at Hyde Park, NY, helping to spotlight the site’s feature exhibit, “A Special Role: St. Paul’s Church & World War II”.
Nov. 30, 1 PM.
Delphine Griffith of Sarah Lawrence College performs Celtic Harp Music, with traditional and seasonal selections.
Wed., Dec. 4, 7 PM,
Enjoy a special Holiday performance by the Bronx Opera Company, featuring arias and duets from classic operas, as well as seasonal carols.
Sat. Dec. 7, 1 PM.
The a cappella group, “Treble in Paradise,” from Sarah Lawrence College, performs Holiday songs and other selections
Friday, Dec. 13, 10 AM.
An educational program and forum commemoration the 228th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights.
Sat., Dec. 14. 12 Noon – 3:30 PM.
At noon, join us for Wreaths Across America, honoring service members buried at St. Paul’s. At 2 PM, enjoy a performance of Holiday music, featuring Alyssa Reit on Harp, Peter Reit on French Horn, and the North County Harp Ensemble, with audience chorus on seasonal carols.
Sat.., Dec. 21, 12:30 PM., How did Christmas become Christmas?
How did we get the Christmas tree? The tradition of gift giving? The holiday that combines religion with special movies, shopping, bright lights and the yuletide log? Well, learn about the answers to these fascinating questions, and the historical development of Christmas as a holiday in America, through a talk by Maria Byrne, a historian at St. Paul’s Church N.H.S..
Sat., Dec. 21, 2 PM.
Acclaimed organist Kathryn Jones performs a Holiday recital on the 1830 Erben, among the nation’s oldest working pipe organs, accompanied by soprano.
Th., Dec. 26 - Sat., Dec. 28, 10 AM - 4 PM
Family Holiday Program, with historic games, toys and activities, for children on vacation from school, as well as parents, adults, and others.
Sat. Dec. 28, 1 PM.
Enjoy an hour of bagpipe music performed by Peter Daniel Walker, with traditional and seasonal selections.