Your Support Helps Give Life to History at Cliveden

Jahzeer Terrell portraying James Smith in “Liberty to Go to See.” Smith was born a slave, purchased his freedom, and served the Chews as a trusted servant for many years until his death in 1871.

Dear Friends:

Cliveden was honored to receive the American Association for State & Local History 2016 Leadership in History Award for “Liberty to Go to See,” the dramatic event based on stories from the Chew Papers staged throughout the Main House. Your support made this production possible. Because of your contributions Cliveden has become a nationally recognized center for the exploration of race, history, and memory.

With your support we are able to continue expanding and developing such important programs. We are presently working with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Johnnie Hobbs, and Patricia Scott-Hobbs to add new scenes to “Liberty to Go to See” based on information discovered through the Living Kitchens planning process supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Every October, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival engages thousands of visitors with the role Germantown played in the founding of our nation. In 2017, the Festival celebrates the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Germantown with reenactments and a full day of family fun and educational events. Thank you to everyone who supports and attends this spectacular community event!

The Living Kitchens at Cliveden planning process, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, to restore and activate the 1767 Kitchen Dependency and 1959 Kitchen is coming to a successful conclusion. The programming, from the Kitchen Conversations to the Mid-Century Modern Pop-Up Shop & Cocktail Party, generated tremendous excitement as people welcomed the opportunity to explore the new aspects of Cliveden’s history. With your support, we look forward to more exciting discoveries and programs!

Cliveden is a place where people can know history, feel its power, and share it with others. If you have contributed to Cliveden in the past, we thank you and hope you will consider renewing or increasing your donation. If you were introduced to Cliveden this year, please consider contributing to help us reach more people and keep history alive in Germantown. 


David W. Young, Ph.D., Executive Director


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Cliveden’s mission is to help people understand our shared history and motivate them to preserve it by providing access to the rich continuity of history and preservation in one community and family over time, and by offering direction and knowledge about preserving our built heritage and its value. We fulfill this mission by:

  1. Preserving our houses, grounds, and collections;
  2. Interpreting Cliveden meaningfully to the public based on solid research;
  3. Working with local businesses and community revitalization and historical organizations to be a catalyst for preserving and reusing historic buildings to sustain economic development for historic Northwest Philadelphia and beyond;
  4. Promoting our community’s cultural life and historic preservation efforts;
  5. Being a model of historic site management and preservation outreach;
  6. Making history useful to help foster a pride of place to help build vibrant communities in Greater Germantown.


Cliveden donors value this historic site’s important role in US history, as well as its positive impact on the Northwest Philadelphia community and the broader region it serves. Your contributions to Cliveden and/or the Revolutionary Germantown Festival help us keep history alive, promote multicultural understanding, and make the lessons of history relevant for new generations. 

Your financial support generates critical resources for our full spectrum of school and public educational programs, research, and restoration. New and renewed donations are always welcome!


We are grateful to these organizations and the individuals who generously sustain Cliveden with grants and donations. Every contribution makes a difference. Thank you for your support.


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