The heart of our Harvesting History program is a nineteenth century kitchen garden based on the journals kept by Clermont Livingston from 1854-1880 as well as The Young Gardeners Assistant by Thomas Bridgeman, one of the gardening books that belonged to Clermont Livingston still in our collection. The Kitchen garden is located behind Sylvan cottage and is planted and maintained by our 4-H club, ‘Great Gardeners’. Throughout the year special workshops and events are held that focus on the history and traditions of farming as well as contemporary issues and topics having to do with farming, food and nutrition. Read More...
For adults and children we have two spin off programs: the Harvesting History Family Workshop Series and Little Sprouts. The workshop series teaches adults and children specific skills related to gardening and food,
such as bookmaking, jam-making, fermentation, and more. Children are always welcome free of charge. Workshops are held May through November annually. Many thanks to our friends at the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area for sponsoring our 2020 workshop series!
Little Sprouts is a free, informal summer playgroup in our Harvesting History Teaching Garden for young children and their families. They will harvest vegetables, share a snack from the garden, water plants, look for worms and insects and more! Little Sprouts is held Friday mornings throughout July and early August.
History Comics Club
Clermont’s History Comics Club allows students from area elementary to high schools to connect with their local history and learn to appreciate comic books as an art form. Students are able to choose a member of the Livingston family, research them and then create a comic about their character. At the end of the club, the comics are compiled and printed by a professional comic book printer. The club concludes with a gallery opening at Clermont’s Visitor Center.
The club is run by Emily Robinson, education assistant for Clermont State Historic Site. Ms. Robinson is also an independent comic artist who has had several comic books and a graphic novel published.
Junior History Club
Canceled for 2020
Make Clermont your child’s second home for a week in August. Children 7-12 years old explore the museum’s extensive grounds, play historic games, and make crafts that help them learn about the lives of the Livingston family at Clermont. At the end of the week, the children put on a performance for their parents in full costume. Registration is $160 for non-members ($140 for FoC members) for 1 week and $250/$230 for 2 weeks.