On Sunday, June 26, Clermont State Historic Site will host an opening for the exhibit “Chancellor Livingston: Reexamining a Founding Father,” which highlights Livingston’s contribution to both the Revolutionary War and the founding of America as a new nation.
At 3 pm, Clermont’s Curator of Collections Geoff Benton will give a free tour of the museum highlighting artifacts once belonging to the Chancellor. Afterward, stay to view this unique collection in the museum’s upstairs gallery. Colonial-style goodies and Liberty Punch will be served.
Robert R. “Chancellor” Livingston was a drafter of the Declaration of Independence, the highest judge in New York State who later swore George Washington into office, and negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon Bonaparte. Artifacts on display include the Chancellor’s telescope, a silver soup tureen from Paris, and a certificate signed by George Washington.
For more information about the opening, to volunteer, or for other questions about the Clermont, call (518) 537-4240 or email Kjirsten.Gustavson@parks.ny.gov.
Clermont State Historic Site features the mansion, formal gardens, scenic Hudson River views and miles of hiking trails. The Friends of Clermont is a private, non-profit educational corporation, founded in 1977 to support and supplement the museum education and historic preservation programs at Clermont State Historic Site. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is one of six historic sites and 13 parks administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in the Taconic Region. For more information on New York State Parks, click here.