The Friends of Clermont was founded by community leaders to support and supplement the historic and public education programs at Clermont State Historic site. The Friends of Clermont was incorporated in 1977 as a non-profit educational corporation by the New York State Education Department, Board of Regents. In order to carry out its mission at Clermont, the Friends of Clermont raises funds through membership dues, grants, fundraising events, corporate sponsorships, donations, and encourages volunteerism. Since 1977 the Friends of Clermont has developed the site’s growing research library, restored three formal gardens, restored the circa 1910 Children’s Playhouse, mounted two important loan exhibitions, and encouraged the donation of nearly 8,000 historical objects to Clermont’s collections. The Friends, with grant support, helped develop the museum’s school outreach program, and Friends annually support more than two dozen special interpretive events and educational activities. The Friends also raised funds to match a $25,000 grant for the restoration of the stone wall surrounding Alice Delafield Clarkson Livingston’s Walled Garden. Presently the Friends are focused on our most ambitions project to date, rehabilitating the former gardener’s residence, Clermont Cottage, for use as administrative offices and an expanded Henry H. Livingston Research Library. Phase I, structural stabilization, of the project was successfully completed in 2004, Phase II, exterior restoration, will begin in the summer of 2011. We encourage you to stop by the site and check out our program on this exciting new project. Membership in the Friends of Clermont is open to anyone who shares the goals and mission of the organization. Benefits of membership, by category, include:

Individual $45
  • Free admission for 1 person to the historic house for 1 year + a parking pass for weekends
  • A 10% discount at the Museum Store
  • Invitation to the annual Candlelight Christmas Party and exhibit openings
  • Access to our newsletter
Dual/Family $75 *
  • Free admission for 2 adults and children under 21
  • A 10% discount to our Summer History Camp
Contributor $100 *
  • Gift certificate for $15 towards purchase from the Museum store
Benefactor $250 *
  • Free lectures and Christmas Candlelight reception for members and 2 additional guests
Patron $500 *
  • Free lectures and Christmas Candlelight reception for members and 4 additional guests
  • Choice of 1 book published by Friends of Clermont
Chancellor’s Court $1000 *
  • Special behind the scenes tour to see archived or stored material
  • Collection of 3 books published by Friends of Clermont
* Each category includes the benefits of prior categories, except that guest passes and complimentary invitations are not cumulative. To become a member of the Friends of Clermont, complete the form below and click on the PayPal link, call (518) 537-6622 for a membership application, or print the Membership Form and mail it with a check or credit card information, to:
c/o Friends of Clermont
87 Clermont Avenue
Germantown, New York 12526
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Membership Level Chancellor's Court ($1,000) Patron ($500) Benefactor ($250) Contributor ($100) Dual/Family ($75) Individual( $45)
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