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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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A recent focus on the Titanic involved reading passages about the ill-fated voyage and studying maps of the ocean floor, authentic news stories, historic photographs, and an actual passenger's guidebook from another ship of Titanic's era. Another recent series focused on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. By promoting "The Big Read" program of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as local readings organized by Staten Island OutLOUD, this selection encouraged community involvement by club members while connecting with the American themes presented at Historic Richmond Town.

Book Club participants have gone on to become apprentices and volunteers at Historic Richmond Town and to win awards for their own original research projects—strong indicators that the program succeeds in inspiring the next generation of American scholars.

Upcoming Events

718 • 351 • 1611

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue

Staten Island, NY   10306


Charlie Sullivan to portray legendary American politician James Guyon Jr. at upcoming Guyon Tavern Concert Series

CharlesSullivan 120x150Charles Sullivan is no stranger to acting. This time traveling performer has appeared on stages across Staten Island, most recently as Scrooge with Shakespeare Theatre, as well as with Sea View Playwright’s Theatre, Sundog Theatre, and In the Wings.

This season, he portrays James Guyon Jr., the historic proprietor of Historic Richmond Town’s Guyon Inn and Store. Home to the legendary Guyon Concerts, the circa 1819 building serves up an authentic 19th century acoustic music experience with a warm and resonant sound quality illuminated by candlelight and warmed by a potbelly stove.

Tavern Concert Series at Historic Richmond Town Kicks off Jan. 13

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Jan 5, 2018 - The Guyon Tavern (circa 1819) at Historic Richmond Town (HRT) serves up an authentic 19th century acoustic music experience with a warm and resonant sound quality that is rarely found anymore, thanks to the original aged wood and plaster, and the unmistakable handmade construction.


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