Cliveden: Finding Black Families: Stories from The Chew Family Papers

22feb6:30 pmCliveden: Finding Black Families: Stories from The Chew Family Papers

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When seven generations of a wealthy Philadelphia-based family save all of their household records and correspondence, you know there are some compelling stories buried in there. But where to start?

For years, staff at Cliveden in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia have utilized these records to interpret the house, and recently they have spear-headed an effort to digitize a select group of documents that illuminate the lives of African American residents. Members of the African American Genealogy Group have begun to sift through and process these stories to start to weave together family lines and relations.

This project was funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Interpretation and Education Endowed Fund that was made possible by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Finding Black Families: Stories from The Chew Family Papers is free to the public; advanced registration is required.

(This is a virtual program on zoom)

To register, visit HERE.



(Tuesday) 6:30 pm



A site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a proud member of Historic Germantown, Cliveden opened to the public in 1972. Built in 1763-1767, Cliveden was home to seven generations of the Chew family and the men and women who worked for them, was the site of the Battle of Germantown in October 1777, and is an important example of Philadelphia Georgian architecture. Cliveden focuses on telling the multiple narratives of the property by interpreting the buildings and grounds; giving a voice to the men and women—black, white, free, enslaved, and indentured—who played a role in the Cliveden story.

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