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Literacy Programs

Historic Richmond Town has a longstanding commitment to literacy as a cornerstone of American civic and community life. We believe in the power of stories to bind communities, to encourage individual achievements, and to understand our shared heritage.

 

Story Museum

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Story Museum for toddlers and preschoolers is a weekly program. Children and caregivers join together to explore a world filled with the magic of stories, crafts, music, dancing and singing, all within the colorful and comfortable setting of the Museum at Historic Richmond Town.

The sights and sounds of America, past and present, with plenty of hands-on fun.
Historic Richmond Town's educators introduce participants to the sights and sounds of America, past and present, with plenty of hands-on fun. Intended for preschool children up to age five, this program is a friendly introduction to the museum as a place where children are welcomed and encouraged, and where their cultures are valued.

A small admission fee may be required for the cost of materials. 

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Afterschool Book Club

 

 

 After School Book Club



Afterschool Book Club is a weekly program. Intermediate and advanced readers gather to share their interests in a setting where it is safe to be smart and fun to experience American history while making new friends.

Explore authentic objects from the American past.
Using Historic Richmond Town as a backdrop, students have the opportunity to read, imagine, and explore authentic objects from the American past. No preparation is needed to begin attending Book Club; all books are available at New York Public Library.

Our educator welcomes and encourages participants with exciting literary selections every week, and occasional visits from Historic Richmond Town's curators give Book Club kids an inside look at how museums work. This program is intended for boys and girls in grades 4 through 7. In this Staten Island Advance news story readers told, in their own words, what Book Club means to them.

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Book Club for Adults

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A monthly program held in the M. Bennett Café on the grounds of Historic Richmond Town has participants recommend books and agree together on the club's selections. Lively discussions ensue, with light refreshments available.

Historic Richmond Town promotes lifelong learning and community-building.
Historical fiction, non-fiction, and best sellers are all on the table, depending on the interests of the group. This free program is evidence of Historic Richmond Town's determination to promote lifelong learning and community building activities for all Staten Islanders.

Admission is FREE.

Citizenship classes and other special programs are also offered at Historic Richmond Town. For more information, please contact Helen Sauter, Literacy Coordinator, at 718-351-1611 ext. 270, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Fri - Nov 17, 2017 6:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Sat - Nov 25, 2017 10:00AM
    Children, enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa!
  • Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour
    Sat - Nov 25, 2017 1:00PM
    Tour the kitchens on the site and discover recipes and the sources of Thanksgiving meals we enjoy today.
  • Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour
    Sun - Nov 26, 2017 1:00PM
    Tour the kitchens on the site and discover recipes and the sources of Thanksgiving meals we enjoy today.
  • Bennett Cafe Breakfast
    Sun - Dec 3, 2017 10:00AM
    Homestyle breakfast at Bennett Cafe!
  • Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
    Sun - Dec 3, 2017 11:00AM
    Experience nostalgia all through the Historic Village.
  • Candlelight Tours
    Sat - Dec 9, 2017 5:00PM
    Visitors of all ages take a journey through three-hundred years of tradition as they discover how America's most festive season came to be.
  • Dinner at Bennett Café
    Sat - Dec 9, 2017 6:00PM
    Enjoy a delightful evening at our quaint café. Delicious!
  • Candlelight Tours
    Sat - Dec 16, 2017 5:00PM
    Visitors of all ages take a journey through three-hundred years of tradition as they discover how America's most festive season came to be.
  • Victorian Valentine Workshop
    Sat - Feb 3, 2018 1:00PM
    Make your own!
  • Easter Egg Hunt
    Sat - Mar 31, 2018 10:00AM
    Bring an egg carton to decorate in high Victorian style!
  • NYC BBQ Cookoff 2018
    Sat - Apr 7, 2018 12:00PM
    NYC's only KCBS sanctioned cookoff for the whole family. Sample, stroll, quench and enjoy fun stuff with the kids.

718 • 351 • 1611

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue

Staten Island, NY   10306


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Skip the leftovers and enjoy open-hearth fire-cooked Thanksgiving samplings

Thanksgiving TableThe meal that many American families enjoy on Thanksgiving has deep roots in the earliest American food traditions. Historic Richmond Town’s three historic kitchens will be crackling with hardwood fires and open-hearth cooking on Saturday November 25 and Sunday November 26. Historic Interpreters will serve food samples that feature original old-world recipes that include food items that the colonists learned about from Native American culture, and then infused with the spices used in Europe. 

Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh joins Historic Richmond Town Board

Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh 300x411July 1, 2017 - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Rosemarie Mangano Cavanagh as the Mayor’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmond Town.

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