The heart of our Harvesting History program is a nineteenth century teaching 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 program engages students in a hands-on project of caring for the teaching garden, which is located behind Sylvan Cottage. This, in turn, teaches the history of Clermont, agriculture and healthy eating habits.
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.
Little Sprouts is a free, informal summer playgroup in our Harvesting History Teaching Garden for young children and their families. The garden is set up with activity stations throughout, where they can plant seeds, water the garden, harvest vegetables, look for worms and insects, and more!
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
Children 7-12 years old are invited to 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.