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The purpose of our collections can be summed up in one word: discovery. Gathered over the past hundred years from many hundreds of New York area people they tell an infinite number of different stories. Each is unique but all, in some way, represent America. They are authentic time travelers that carry memories of people, places, and lives. 

These items are gifts to our community from the people who owned or saved them. Why do people give gifts?

open them up and enjoy!

  • To create delight.
  • To show affection.
  • To demonstrate good taste.
  • To bind the giver to the recipient.
  • To make a difference.

 We have received an enormous collection of gifts--many thousands of objects, documents, and photographs (and even some full-size buildings)--and all we have to do is open them up and enjoy! Of course, these gifts must also be housed and cared for, a responsibility that we take very seriously. Please note that only a portion of the collection is on display at any one time, and only a portion is currently available through the Online Collections Database, but that number is steadily increasing.

 If you doubt that maintaining a museum collection is a challenge, try creating catalog records for the objects in your own home, describing what they are, how you use them, and what they mean to you.

make your own path to discovering history
Pay attention to the language you use and try to use keywords that might help you mentally sort or group things in different ways.You might find the process to be fun and fascinating, and it will likely take more time than you think. You might even gain new insight into your own life, your personal relationships, or the things that you value.

 Explore the collections at Historic Richmond Town, in person or online, and make your own path to discovering history.






Upcoming Events

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Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue

Staten Island, NY   10306


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.

Barnett Shepherd named Interim Executive Director of Historic Richmond Town

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May 1, 2017 - Noted architectural historian, researcher, author, and museum professional Barnett Shepherd has been named the Interim Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Staten Island Historical Society and Historic Richmond Town.

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