Living History Sundays Return to Graeme Park
One Sunday each month from May – October, 2017 costumed volunteers will enrich the visitor experience by presenting living history activities at Graeme Park. Volunteers will interact with guests as they tour the house or grounds and will do a short presentation at 2 p.m. on the day’s topic or theme.
Living History Sundays will mostly be on the third Sunday of each month (except where a scheduling conflict occurs) from 12 noon to 3 pm and are tentatively scheduled as follows:
May 21—Colonial Hearth Cooking. The Graemes are in Philadelphia, but Miss Julie is hard at work in the Graeme Park kitchen throughout the day preparing dinner for her family at Graeme Park. If you ask, she will share her receipts (recipes) with you!
June 18—Fathers and Family in the 1700s. Meet “Dr. Graeme” and learn about the father’s role in the 18th c. as head of the family.
July 16—Reflections on Independence. “Dr. Benjamin Rush,” close friend of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, and signer of the Declaration, will reflect on Independence.
August 20—The Revolutionary War & Its Impact on the Locals. Meet one of “Anthony Wayne’s men” and learn about the encampment that occurred at Graeme Park and the impact of the Revolution on the locals.
September 17—Slavery at Graeme Park. Both the Keith and Graeme families were slave holders, as were many of their Pennsylvania contemporaries. Today’s topic will focus on slavery in Colonial Pennsylvania, and at Graeme Park.
October 22—Colonial Medical Practices. Meet “Dr. Benjamin Rush” throughout the day and learn about Colonial medical practices in a presentation at 2 pm.
Living History interpretation is included in the cost of your house tour ($6/12-64; $5/65+; $3/3-11). If you’ve been planning to visit, a Living History Sunday is a great day to come – not only will you learn about the interesting history of Graeme Park, but you’ll be able to see a small segment of it come to life!