Saint Paul's Church Program Schedule

Program Schedule



May 2017 - December 2017

St. Paul's Church National Historic Site is open for tours of the site's rich, 340-year-old history. Beginning the first week of October 2016, St. Paul's N.H.S. introduces new operating hours. From early July through late-December, the site will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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.

Sat., May 13, open from noon to 4 PM
We’re open on this spring Saturday, with special tours of the historic church and of the cemetery, one of America’s oldest burial yards.
Friday, May 19, 3 PM
Enjoy an hour of Jazz standards, with Mark Morganelli on trumpet and flugelhorn, accompanied by keyboard.

Monday, May 29, 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.
Friday, June 9, 3 PM
The Hudson Flute and Guitar Duo -- American, Italian, and Latin selections.

Sat., June 10, open from Noon to 4 PM
Colonial Day
Join us for Colonial era style music, dancing, crafts, games and arms. There are also special tours of the Church and of the colonial section of the historic cemetery. Hay rides through the historic cemetery. Talks explore colonial life.
Tuesday, 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 5, 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 8, 1 PM
We return to the schedule of Tuesday to Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Talk at 1 PM, by Alison L. Cowan, journalist and historian, about the remarkable story of Deborah Sampson, a woman who disguised herself as a man, and fought in the American army during the Revolutionary War.

Sat.,July 15, 1 PM
A talk explores the life and times of Alexander Hamilton -- founding father, first Secretary of the Treasury, political philosopher -- close to the anniversary of the infamous duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.

Sat. 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., July 29, 1 PM. Jack Kelly author of Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal,explores the story of the building and significance of the Erie Canal in upstate New York in the 19th century. The presentation also examines the influence of the Big Ditch from Albany to Buffalo on the Hudson valley region.

Sat. Aug. 5, enjoy an hour of classical guitar music with Daniel Conant

Sat., Aug. 12, 1 PM A presentation explores the American military experience in World War I, including the role of several soldiers buried at St. Paul’s. This program helps to commemorate the centennial of American participation in the Great War.

Sat. Aug. 19, Enjoy a presentation by a Professor Laura Chmielewski of SUNY Purchase about the confluence of the French and British empires in North America in the 18th century, based on her forthcoming book, “ Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet: Exploration, Encounter, and the French New World."

Sat. Aug 26, Join us for a presentation -- with commentary and discussion -- exploring many facets of the history and significance of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in April 1865, including a surprising connection to St. Paul’s Church.

Sat. Sept. 2, 1 PM, Join us for a performance of music for Latin Jazz Guitars, with Ricardo Gautreau and Doug Munro.

Monday, Sept. 4, open regular hours 9 AM to 5 PM
Labor Day: 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 PMpresentation, “The American Labor Movement through Song,” by music historian Robert Cohen.

Sat., Sept. 9, 1 PM
Author and anthropologist Dr. David Oestreicher explores the Lenape Indians, the original settlers of the St. Paul’s region.

Sat. Sept. 16, 1 PM, Steven H. Jaffe, author of “New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham” explores the history of the New York City area during the Great War.

Sat. Sept. 23, 1 PM, Enjoy a musical presentation, featuring Eric Thomas on jazz flute, with keyboard.

Sat. Sept. 30, 1 PM, A talk by Professor Stephen Ortiz of SUNY Binghamton, “Over Here: Tracing the Impact of World War I on American Society”. His publications include, Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era

Saturday, Oct. 7, 1 PM, Prof. Duane Tananbaum of Lehman College explores the public career of New York Governor and Senator Herbert H. Lehman, from the 1920s to the 1960s, based on his recently published book, Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography.

Monday, Oct. 9, 1 PM, Join Professor Daniel Soyer of Fordham University for an exploration of the effect of World War I on immigrants in New York City, part of recognition of the centennial of American involvement in the Great War. Dr. Soyer’s books include, “Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, 1840-1920”.

Oct. 14, Enjoy an hour of Jazz originals and standards, performed by the Charles Rhyner trio.

Fri., Oct. 20, 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. 21,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.

Oct. 28, As we approach Halloween, learn about the history of funerals through a presentation by Nancy Coffey, who teaches at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in Manhattan and directs a funeral home in Westchester County, NY

Sat., Nov. 4, 1 PM,
Professor Lisa Keller of SUNY Purchase explores the history and significance of New York State’s vote in November 1917 to extend the elective franchise to women, marking the centennial of this historic development, three years before the national 19th amendment gave women the vote across the country. The presentation also considers the women’s suffrage movement in the context of the American experience in World War I. Professor Keller’s works include, “Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York and London”. She is currently Executive Editor of, “The Encyclopedia of New York City.”

Nov. 11, Veterans Day Commemoration, featuring a 1 PM interpretive performance of songs and music of the World War I era, by Linda Russell and company.

Nov. 18, Professor Richard S. Fogarty of SUNY Albany explores the challenges of America and World War I. His publications include, “Race and War in France: Colonial Subjects in the French Army, 1914–1918.” Professor Fogarty is also co- editor of, “Empires in World War I: Shifting Frontiers and Imperial Dynamics in a Global Conflict"

Nov. 25, Music, Lois Colin performs Celtic Harp Music, including seasonal selections.

Dec.2, An acapella group from Sarah Lawrence College performs Holiday songs and other selections

Wednesday, Dec, 6, 7 PM.
The acclaimed Bronx Opera performs arias and duets from the classics as well as traditional seasonal favorites.

Dec. 9, Holiday Music & the Holiday of Christmas
Join us for a 2 PM Holiday performance of Holiday music, featuring Alyssa Reit on harp and Peter Reit on French Horn, with audience chorus on seasonal carols. Arrive early at 1 PM for a presentation about the historical development of Christmas as a holiday in America.

Dec. 16, 12 Noo
n. Join in the Wreaths across America ceremony, honoring military service members buried at St. Paul’s.

Dec. 23 2 PM,
Holiday Organ Concert. A recital by acclaimed organist Kathryn Jones featuring classical music on the re-conditioned 1830 Erben (accompanied by soprano), including some traditional carols and Holiday favorites. Refreshments served.

Dec. 30 – 1 PM. Celebrating New Year’s with a performance of music for Harp, from Sarah Lawrence College.


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

Last updated: November 20, 2017

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