Calendar 2020

Clermont 101

Saturday, August 15

1 PM

Tours of the house are not currently available but here’s an opportunity to learn about the history of this home called Clermont.  Join a member of Clermont’s staff as they breakdown the basic story of the house and answer any burning questions you may have.  There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite.  Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Porch Performances: A New Life in a New Land: The Palatines of Livingston Manor

Sunday, August 16

2 PM

Join Clermont’s curator Geoff Benton for a discussion of the Palatines that populated Livingston Manor and the Clermont estate. Learn how the Palatines and their descendants left their mark on Clermont and the Hudson Valley. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

History Hour

Saturday, August 22

11 AM & 1 PM

 

Join us for History  Hour on the Main Porch! Costumed interpreters will read a selection of picture books, covering the Hudson Valley’s history from colonial times to the early 20th century. Different stories will be read at each story hour.  A wonderful outing for families!  Our youngest visitors are invited to join us in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  This event is free of charge, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Porch Performances: Constant Change: The Architectural History of Clermont

Sunday, August 23

2 PM

Join Clermont’s curator Geoff Benton to explore the evolution of Clermont’s style and look through the seven generations of the Livingston family that lived there. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Tour the Clermont Teaching Garden!

Friday, August 28

10:30 AM

Clermont Livingston, grandson of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston and head of the estate from 1844-1895, was a gentleman farmer who left us extensive journals about his own garden. Those journals inform our work today. Join us for a family-friendly tour of the Teaching Garden, get tips right out of Clermont’s journals, and see how we’ve combined those methods with more modern practices. Best part? We will harvest veggies from the garden and make our own salsa using our bicycle blender (which you get to take home!) This program is FREE, but registration is required.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks

Clermont 101: Growing Up Clermont

Saturday, August 29

11 AM & 1 PM

 

Join Clermont’s School Program Coordinator Emily Robinson as she discusses what it was like growing up at Clermont. Drawing from stories about the family and the people who worked on the estate, Emily will shed light on how childhood differed from what we think of today as well as how some things haven’t changed at all. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

“A Tyrant with whom he will never be reconciled”: The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War

Sunday, September 13

2 PM

Mansion, East Lawn

 

Join one of Clermon's interpreters, Molly Feibel, for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont’s grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Comfortable shoes are suggested. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

History Hour

Saturday, September 5

11 AM & 1 PM

 

Join us for History  Hour on the Main Porch! Costumed interpreters will read a selection of picture books, covering the Hudson Valley’s history from colonial times to the early 20th century. Different stories will be read at each story hour.  A wonderful outing for families!  Our youngest visitors are invited to join us in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  This event is free of charge, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Porch Performances: The Unsinkable Margaret Beekman

Sunday, September 6

2 PM

Perhaps known as Clermont’s most important matriarch, Margaret Beekman Livingston features in all the major stories of this house’s history. Today, hear from the lady herself as she shares what it was like to be from two influential and local families, to mother ten children, and to see this house burned and rebuilt. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Tour the Clermont Teaching Garden!

Saturday, September 12

SOLD OUT

1:00 PM

Clermont Livingston, grandson of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston and head of the estate from 1844-1895, was a gentleman farmer who left us extensive journals about his own garden. Those journals inform our work today. Join us for a family-friendly tour of the Teaching Garden, get tips right out of Clermont’s journals, and see how we’ve combined those methods with more modern practices. Best part? We will harvest veggies from the garden and make our own salsa using our bicycle blender (which you get to take home!) This program is FREE, but registration is required.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks

“A Tyrant with whom he will never be reconciled”: The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War

Sunday, August 30

SOLD OUT

2 PM

Mansion, East Lawn

 

Join Clermont’s curator Geoff Benton for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont’s grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Comfortable shoes are suggested. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Clermont 101

Sunday, September 20

11 AM & 1 PM

Tours of the house are not currently available but here’s an opportunity to learn about the history of this home called Clermont.  Join a member of Clermont’s staff as they breakdown the basic story of the house and answer any burning questions you may have.  There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite.  Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Porch Performances: Clermont Had a Little Lamb…and Another…and Another

Saturday, September 26

2 PM

Join Site Manager Susan Boudreau as she discusses the introduction of Merino sheep to Clermont and the Science of Chancellor Robert Livingston.  Learn about Chancellor Livingston’s scientific pursuits and business ventures, including his reflections on Merino sheep and how he couched his justification for following these interests in terms of the benefit that he believed they would render to the new nation.

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Porch Performance: All My Boyfriends Are Dead

Sunday, September 27

2 PM

Janet Livingston Montgomery visits her childhood home to share stories about her life at Clermont and to try and answer that age-old question: Did she have a love curse on her? There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Harvesting History Family Workshop Series: Victorian Nutting Party

Saturday, October 12

1 PM at  Clermont Cottage

 

Celebrate a classic autumn harvest like the Victorians did! First, we'll take a nut tree identification hike, then practice processing various nuts. We'll make some nutty snacks and enjoy hot cocoa- don't miss this wonderful fall tradition!

Registration is required: $10 per person, children 12 and under FREE

 

This season of workshops has been generously funded by a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Greenway Grant. To learn more, visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com.

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours

Fridays & Saturdays, October 16, 17, 23 & 24

6 PM-8:30 PM

 

The highlight of Clermont’s fall season! Guests will find themselves traveling back in time, as the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion's 250-year history. Tours followed by roasted marshmallows. Each year features dozens of hand-carved, flickering jack-o-lanterns. 

 

Evening Tour times: 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 pm 

Adults $12 / Friends of Clermont $10, Children $5 

Reservations Required. Please call (518) 537-4240 

 

Autumn Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club

Sunday, October 17

8 AM

 Join us for a walk around Clermont State Historic Site with the Alan Devoe Bird Club. Participants of this free event will be looking for fall migrant birds and waterfowl throughout the site. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a scarlet tanager, a belted kingfisher, or a yellow-throated vireo! Program is free and appropriate for all ages!

Herb-Infused Holiday Candles

Saturday, November 7

1 PM in Clermont Cottage

Just in time for the holidays! Using dried herbs, create aromatic and colorful homemade beeswax candles.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required: $15 per person, children 12 and under FREE

 

This season of workshops is generously sponsored by Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. To learn more about their work, please visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com.

Women Voted Here-Before Columbus Sally Roesch Wagner

Sunday November 8

2 PM at Clermont Cottage

Imagine that women have the right to choose all political representatives, removing from office anyone who doesn’t make wise decisions for the future. When women in New York State began to organize for their rights in 1848, they took their cue from the nearby Haudenosaunee communities, where women lived in the world that non-native women dreamed. In celebration of the 100 anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement we are excited to welcome Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner to Clermont! Feminist pioneer Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and story-teller of women's rights history.

We are proud to announce that this lecture is funded by a Humanities NY grant. To learn more about their work, visit www.humanitiesny.org.

 $10 per person; 18 and under FREE.  Registration is required.

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