St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 914-667-4116 www.nps.gov/sapa
Special free Programs in April 2014
Thursday, April 3, First Thursdays at St. Paul’s open from 1 to 9 PM
At 7 PM, join us for a presentation that chronicles the business and personal life of Alexander Masterton -- Scottish immigrant, master craftsman and successful proprietor of the 19th c. Eastchester marble quarries -- by
Dr. Marilynn Hill, a historian, and Robert Riggs, co-chairman of the commemoration of Eastchester’s 350th anniversary. Masterton, who died in 1859, is interred in the historic cemetery at St. Paul’s.
Sunday, April 13, we’re open from noon to 4 PM
Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings Family
At 2 PM, Professor Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University delivers the 10th annual Aronson Memorial Lecture, named for a devoted volunteer at St. Paul’s in the 1980s and 1990s. Professor Gordon-Reed is the author most notably of a landmark series of books that examined the controversial subject of the relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings family, who were enslaved African Americans on Jefferson’s Virginia plantation. These include Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, written in 1997, and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, published in 2008, which received the Pulitzer Prize in History.
Fri., April 18, 3 PM
Church Tower Walk
Join us for a hike up the wooden staircase in the Church tower, leading to the historic, 250-year-old metal bell, and fine views of the surrounding counties. (Note: This program is repeated every Friday, weather permitting, through early October.
Wed., April 23, 1 PM
Our lunchtime series features a performance of arias and duets from classic operas by the acclaimed Bronx Opera Company, accompanied by music on the 1830 Erben pipe organ
Wed., April 30, 1 PM
Join us at for an exploration of the lives of the Union soldiers buried at St. Paul’s and a chronicle of the struggles of the town and parish with the momentous issues of the Civil War.