2019 Summer Apprentice Program is Now Open for Enrollment!

The 2019 Summer Apprentice Program is now open for enrollment! Historic Richmond Town’s rich array of apprenticeships build real-world skills based upon centuries of American ingenuity. The program is a wonderful alternative to the tried and true summer camp. Individualized sessions in the Historic Trades are conducted in small groups of less than five and accelerate learning as students work with an experienced Artisan to build their skills forging iron, weaving baskets, carving wood, crafting tin, and cooking over an open fire as they create one-of-a-kind, hand crafted items. The historic settings are fully furnished for an immersive and hands-on practice. Apprentices will visit the other trades during their week to add to the fun and the 360-degree learning. At the end of each session, apprentices will have the ability to present their trade and lead a specialized tour of their workshop to visitors and their families.

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Sarah Hermann
Celebrate Staten Island this spring with the American Folk Art Museum and Historic Richmond Town!

The Curatorial Department at Historic Richmond Town’s Main Village site has sent a series of genre paintings from the mid-part of the 19th century to be loaned, as a part of a formal exhibition, to the American Folk Art Museum. The paintings include an oil on canvas from 1853 featuring a scene of oyster fishing, an important trade on Staten Island, an oil on canvas depicting Tompkinsville in the 1850s, as well as two portraits.

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Sarah Hermann
Ring in the Spring with New Exhibit- Gardens Grow!

The Curators at Historic Richmond Town’s Main Village site have put together a rotating exhibit dedicated to the sumptuous blooms of Spring! This two-case exhibit is being showcased on the second floor of the Historical Museum and will be open to the public during museum hours through May. It features a colorful selections of artifacts and printed materials that showcase floral images and designs as a way to welcome Spring.

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Sarah Hermann
Historic Richmond Town Shares the Love!

Members of the Education Department at Historic Richmond Town hosted a Victorian Valentine Workshop where families hand crafted paper Valentines with colorful graphics, copied from original examples in Historic Richmond Town’s curatorial collections for the residences of Silver Lake Specialized Care Center.

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Sarah Hermann
To Die Free

Before the Civil War, African Americans were not welcomed into the armed services.  That began to change when the Union League in New York City worked to form the United States Colored Troops   The USCT had African American enlisted men and white officers. Nearly 155 years later, on March 30 and March 31 noon – 5 pm Historic Richmond Town will host the Hannibal Guards, in honor of this important change.  The group is a premiere living history organization that shows the lives and duties of local service members during the four-year conflict. Members will present an immersive program to highlight the activities and accomplishments of New York State’s three USCT regiments.

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Sarah Hermann
New Details Come to Light About the Voorlezer’s House at Historic Richmond Town.

The Voorlezer’s House at Historic Richmond Town in New York City has long been believed to be one of the oldest school houses in the country, tracing its roots back to the 1690s. Recent investigations have revealed that there is still much to learn about this important symbol of early American education and the Dutch community in Staten Island in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Sarah Hermann
Benefit Concert to Support the Restoration of the Historic Guyon Tavern

Historic Richmond Town’s Guyon Tavern, located along Richmond Road, has been a cornerstone of the Staten Island community for nearly two hundred years. It’s home to the renowned Tavern Concert Series. In past years, performers and audience members praised the acoustics and the ambiance of the candle-lit building and the cozy wood stove.  

This year an automobile accident left the Guyon Tavern badly damaged. All programming, including the Tavern Concert Series, have been postponed until the necessary $60,000 is raised and repairs made. 

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Sarah Hermann
Historic Richmond Town's Candlelight Tours!

Hundreds of families stepped back through time to taste, smell, and touch the holiday celebrations of centuries past. Evening tours led by candlelight showcased more than three hundred years of yuletide on Staten Island, where culture and food-ways from all over world combine to create something that is uniquely New York.

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Sarah Hermann