St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY
Special free Programs in July 2013
Thursday, July 4, starting at 10:30 AM
Independence Day Celebration
A traditional July 4th celebration featuring music, talks, refreshments, reading of the Declaration of Independence, and tolling of the historic St. Paul's church bell - 13 times. Keynote speaker is Professor Lisa Keller of SUNY Purchase.
Friday, July 5, 3 PM
Church Tower Walk
Join us for a talk and a walk up the 74 steps of the centuries-old Church tower, leading to the historic bronze bell. (This program will be repeated every other Friday, weather permitting, through October -- July 19, Aug.2, Aug.16, Aug. 30, Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11.)
Wed., July 10, 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 13, open from Noon to 4 PM
The Aftermath: How the American Revolution Changed New York
At 1 PM, Dr. John Staudt, who teaches American history at Hofstra University, explores political and social life in New York in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Additionally, there's a performance of American Revolution songs, a demonstration about the use of the church as a wartime field hospital, historic children’s games, and tours of the historic cemetery and Church Bell Tower.
Wed., July 17, 1 PM
Bayonets, Musket Balls & Ship's Bread
The Wednesday series features a costumed demonstration about the life of a Revolutionary War soldier; refreshments provided.
Wed., July 24, 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 bold Puritan rebel Anne Hutchinson near St. Paul’s in the 1640s.