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Let us bring the story of America to your club or organization. The Speakers Program of Historic Richmond Town is composed of professional staff members and volunteers with expertise in a variety of topics in local and national history, American decorative arts, traditional trades and crafts, and more. Programs include illustrations and/or hands-on materials to help bring the topic to life.

The length of the presentation can be tailored to the particular needs of your organization.

Bring the stories of America to life at your next meeting.
We ask you to contact us at least 3 weeks in advance of the requested presentation date. We also suggest a donation to help defray the cost of the program. Donations normally range from $100 - $250 depending on the complexity of the presentation. Please make sure the proper equipment is available at the venue. We usually require a screen, video projector and sound system. If these are not available we can provide these at an additional cost.

Please review the list of available presentations to select a topic of interest. If the presentation you desire is not listed below, please contact us and we will make every effort to accommodate your request.


Fees are based on the complexity of the presentation. There is a minimum fee of $100.

All of these can presented at your venue or scheduled here at Historic Richmond Town. Please call us at 718-351-1611 x.240 for more information.




Highlights of the Historic Richmond Town Collections

Top HatRanging from thimbles to horse-drawn carriages, the collections at Historic Richmond Town are a rich resource for anyone interested in our nation's heritage. This presentation, geared for a general audience, will tell the stories and family histories associated with selected highlights from the museum's extensive collections of artifacts, documents, and photographs.

Highlights of Fashion, 1790-1890

Smoking JacketSee how fashion reflected occupation and technology from the early years of our nation through the Gilded Age.


Historic Richmond Town: An Introduction

HRT Logo FilmstripMost people think they know us but do they really? Discover the wide variety of programs and activities that Historic Richmond Town offers -- there's something for everyone! Hear how the the largest and oldest cultural institution on the Island has evolved and grown since its founding in 1856.


Staten Island at the Battle of Gettysburg

Civil War IllustrationLearn about the many Staten Island citizens who fought on the battlefields during the Civil War.

Bringing Up Baby: Children's Furniture and Family Life

CradleThis is a warm and fun presentation by one of our curators. Based on the exhibition of the same name, Bringing Up Baby features highlights of Historic Richmond Town's furniture collection, presenting new scholarship on the meaning and use of things like carriages, cradles, and potty chairs. See how furniture changed as childrearing practices and parental aspirations evolved through the centuries.

Going Dutch on Staten Island

voorlezer1Our Dutch roots still show! This presentation will show you how to recognize and appreciate them. 

Bicycling for Ladies

BicyclesThis presentation explores the bicycling craze of the 1890s, with a particular emphasis on photographer Alice Austen and author Violet Ward, two Staten Islanders who were enthusiastic sportswomen. Learn how bicycling dramatically changed women's lives and afforded them a new-found freedom.


The Romance of the Fan

FanHand fans have been known throughout history as objects of beauty and usefulness. This curator's presentation explores women's fans from about 1810 to 1940, when fans were both symbols and tools of romance.

Upcoming Events

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Historic Richmond Town
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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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