Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st–Century Gun Violence


Cliveden is known as the site of the 1777 Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown and the annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival held on the grounds every first weekend in October, featuring two battle re-enactments. In response to the increase in gun violence across the country and in the local community, Cliveden looks to evaluate its interpretation around the American Revolution and the re-enactment as an interpretive tool with the help of the community. During 2020, a series of Cliveden Conversations were held with scholars, community members, and re-enactors to address gun violence from historical and modern points of view.


Past Events

The American Revolution & The Right to Bear Arms | Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dr. Jessica Roney, Professor of History at Temple University will discuss the Second Amendment and its roots during the American Revolution followed by a facilitated discussion. 

Gun Laws from the Revolution to Today: A Conversation with Jacob Charles | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16th at 7 pm to hear an interview with Jacob Charles, Executive Director of the Center for Firearms at Duke University, exploring the changes in gun legislation since America’s founding to today.

Ned Hector & African Americans during the Revolution: A Conversation with Noah Lewis | Saturday, October 17, 2020

Join Cliveden for a conversation with Noah Lewis as he shares his over 20-year experience as a first-person interpreter of African American teamster and Revolutionary War veteran, Edward ‘Ned’ Hector. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Cliveden Conversation: An Interview with Kimberly Kamara | Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7 pm

Join us for a conversation with local advocate and author Kimberly Kamara as she discusses her experience of loss perpetuated by gun violence followed by a facilitated discussion.

Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st Century Gun Violence Community Roundtable | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7 pm

Join Cliveden and program participants as they share findings from dialogue with local and re-enactment communities about the relevancy and impact from Cliveden’s signature event, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival featuring re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown in light of modern day gun violence. A facilitated discussion will explore next steps.


Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st–Century Gun Violence has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.