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.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.
Going Dutch on Staten Island
Our Dutch roots still show! This presentation will show you how to recognize and appreciate them.
Traditional Roots of Contemporary Quilts
Carlotta DeFillo, instructor of the Quiltmaking Class at Historic Richmond Town, discusses how traditional patchwork patterns inspire contemporary quilts.
Historic Richmond Town: An Introduction
Most 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.
Keys to History
This presentation shows how the artifacts--the material culture--in the collections of Historic Richmond Town serve to illuminate aspects of Staten Island and American History. See images of specific objects such as a clothing article, a painting, and a skeleton key, and hear how details about their appearance or use reflect larger issues, lifestyles, and customs. This program is particularly appropriate for historians and educators.
Highlights of the Historic Richmond Town Collections
Ranging 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.
Bicycling for Ladies
This 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.
Bringing Up Baby: Children's Furniture and Family Life
This 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.