Program Schedule: June - October 2018
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.
Friday, June 8, 3 PM Enjoy a performance of music by Intuition Quartet, co
features originals, blues, bossa nova and pop music played by Pam Sklar, flute; Hope Berkeley, harmonica; Irene Maher, guitar & lead vocals; Joan Indig, bass & lead vocals.
Sat., June 9, open from Noon to 4 PM. Learn about the persistence of occult religious practices in colonialAmerica at 1 PM through a talk by prof.Laura chmielewski of SUNY Purchase, author of several books onearlyAmerican history. Enjoy an ongoing demonstration of th early American craft of rope-making. Historic children’s games, too. At 2:30 PM, acclaimed organist Kathryn Jones performs on the recently re-conditioned 1830 Erben, one of the nation’s older working pipe organs.
Wednesday, 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.
Sat., July 7, 1 PM
We return to the schedule of Tuesday to Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM, and feature a 1 PM talk exploring the ideas of the American Revolution by Michael Crowder, who is a dissertation fellow at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and teaches American History at Queens College.
Wed., July 11 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 14, 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 21, 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 28, 1 PM.
A presentation 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. Aug. 4, 1 PM, Daniel Keene, lute & guitar, presents an hour of music for the Renaissance lute and Classical guitar.
Sat., Aug. 11, 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. 18 1 PM. Mormons, Masons and Madmen: Wild Times along the Erie Canal. Jack Kelly, author of the recently published book Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal, explores the untold story behind the building of the famous canal in upstate New York in the 19th century, commemorating the bicentennial of the construction of the waterway.
Sat. Aug 25, 1 PM Summer on the East Coast is a perfect time to explore the history of Atlantic travel itself, and Prof. Laura Chmielewski of SUNY Purchase, author of several books on early American history, considers what it was like to cross the Atlantic in the 17th century - its challenges, dangers, discomforts, surprises, and rewards - with special emphasis on the descriptions of the travelers themselves.
Sat. Sept. 1,1 PM, Join us for a performance of music for Latin Jazz Guitars, with Ricardo Gautreau and Doug Munro.
Monday, Sept. 3, 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 PM presentation, “The American Labor Movement through Song,” by music historian Robert Cohen.
Sat., Sept. 8, 1 PM Enjoy a musical presentation, featuring Eric Thomas on flute, playing jazz, swing and pop standards, with Kevin Belle on piano.
Sat. Sept. 15, 1 PM, The Jewels of St. Paul’s. Join us for a digital presentation, with commentary, exploring the story behind the iconic features that make St. Paul’s special, including the 1758 bronze bell, the 1830 Erben pipe organ and an oak chair from the time of King Charles I of England.
Sat. Sept. 22, 1 PM. Professor Richard S. Fogarty of Albany University explores “President Woodrow Wilson and the end of the First World War,” in recognition of the approaching centennial of the end of the Great War. Dr. Fogarty’s 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”.
Sat. Sept. 29, 1 PM, Learn about the Lenape Indians, the original settlers of the St. Paul’s area, through a presentation by author and archaeologist Dr. Eugene Boesch
Oct. 6, 1 PM, Enjoy an hour of Jazz originals and standards, performed by the Charlie Rhyner Jazz combination. We also offer special tours of the historic church and of the cemetery, one of America’s oldest burial yards.
Oct. 13, 1 PM, The Schuyler sisters and Revolutionary America. A talk by Danielle Funicello, a Ph.D. student at Albany University who is writing her dissertation about Angelica Schuyler, sister in law of Alexander Hamilton.
Oct. 16, 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;
Fri., Oct. 19, 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. 20,10 AM to4 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.
Oct. 27, 1 PM. Join the Cara Quartet for a concert featuring flute and string chamber music, including seasonal Halloween music. Members include: Amy Hersh flute; Kathleen Thomson, violin; Katherine Sinsabaugh, viola and Betsy Sadewhite, cello