Supporting Cliveden

2020 has been a year of unexpected changes and surprising rewards. The staff had to adjust not only to the reality of working remotely but exploring innovative ways to share Cliveden’s history while maintaining safety. The staff rose to the challenge and with support from local and national organizations, continued the mission to share, preserve, and connect with the community.  

Beginning on #GivingTuesday (December 1st), and on every Tuesday in December through New Year’s Eve, we will share a video here detailing our accomplishments this year, the various ways your support made it all possible, and how you can help us continue sharing Cliveden’s diverse history in 2021. We are excited to continue being a safe space for significant and engaging conversations in 2021 and hope that you will join us.

If you would like to support Cliveden, donations can be made in two ways:

By check: Please make out to ‘Cliveden’ and mail it to 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Online through Paypal: Click on the button below to donate.

If you have any difficulty, please contact Jocelyn Rouse, Marketing and Business Operations Coordinator, at [email protected]

Thank you for your support!

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Here is what we accomplished in 2020 and how you can help us in 2021!

Today’s video takes a brief look at 2020 and the adjustments we made at Cliveden, from working remotely to finding innovative ways of sharing Cliveden’s history. Despite of all of the obstacles this year, the staff rose to the challenge and we are excited to share our accomplishments with you.

Cliveden launched a new project this year, called Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence, to take an in-depth look at the annual re-enactments at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival and our interpretation of the American Revolution. There is more to discuss and discover; follow us in 2021 for program updates!

Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence is supported by The Pew Center of Arts & Heritage and by the Interpretation and Education Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Maintaining and preserving Cliveden’s five and half acres and buildings can be labor intensive, and this year was no exception. From cleaning the statuary and repairing the cobblestones to installing storm window inserts, Cliveden was certainly busy in 2020. You can support Cliveden’s preservation work in two ways; watch the video to learn more!

Click here for Cliveden’s Amazon Wish List.

Cliveden’s grounds re-opened in June after a 2-month closure due to the pandemic. We were excited to welcome visitors back to the grounds, but faced a new challenge: how do we bring history outside? Answer: new outdoor exhibits! For more details and to learn how you can support outdoor programs and landscape maintenance, watch today’s video.

In celebration of Juneteenth, Cliveden presents its annual dramatic event, Liberty to Go to See. This year, we offered a virtual presentation featuring a video of the play and a question-and-answer session with the play’s facilitator, director, writer, and some former cast members. We hope to return to an on-site performance in 2021; stay tuned for details!

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Cliveden debuted a new exhibition in August called Preserving and Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden. The exhibit highlights the lives of the women who lived and labored at Cliveden from the 18th through the 20th centuries and features items from our collections. The exhibit currently discusses thirteen women’s stories, but there are many more women whose stories are waiting to be discovered. Watch the video to learn how you can support our research efforts!

Cliveden and the sites of Historic Germantown collaborated to present a socially distanced Revolutionary Germantown Festival in 2020. Although the Battle of Germantown re-enactments were cancelled, visitors were able to visit and engage with fifteen sites in Germantown. See some highlights in our last video. Thank you for joining us in 2020 and we wish you a Happy New Year!

Cliveden thanks the following organizations for their support: