‘The Gardens of Liberty Hall: One of America’s Oldest Gardens’ Webinar
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What do the gardens of Versailles, Louisiana Purchase, and American Revolution have in common? Answer: they all played a role in the creation of a 250-year-old garden just outside of New York City — one which is not only still around today, but is also accessible to visit in person. It’s time to explore one of America’s oldest private gardens; influenced by a 17th-century King, a man who may have been living under an alias, and a woman with a dream of making it into a public space for all.
Join New York Adventure Club as we embark on a digital journey through the history of the 250-year-old gardens at Liberty Hall — the home and grounds of the Livingston and Kean families, two of New Jersey’s most affluent and prominent families with direct ties to our nation’s founding fathers.
Led by Hannah Gaston — Coordinator of School Programs at Liberty Hall Museum and a passionate educator — our virtual experience surrounding this historic garden in Union, New Jersey will include:
- An overview of the Livingston and Kean families, and importance of the Liberty Hall Museum in American history
- A discussion of how European ideals influenced Liberty Hall, as well as the design of other gardens and outdoor spaces in America
- A digital showcase of Liberty Hall’s gardens from historic photographs to images and discussions about some of America’s most famous gardens
- Rarely seen archival items, including 18th-century letters, receipts, photographs, and hand-drawn maps
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Hannah — any and all questions about the Liberty Hall gardens are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually!
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
Hannah Gaston is the Coordinator of School Programs at Liberty Hall Museum. She started at Liberty Hall in October of 2017 as an intern, was the inaugural recipient of the May Kean Raynold’s Graduate Museum Studies Fellowship in 2018, and was offered her current position in 2019. Historic house museums hold a special place in her heart. She has presented on the topic of relevant and compelling storytelling in historic house museums at the Small Museum Association conference, and has recently published her graduate thesis on the same topic. She holds a B.A. in History from Elmira College and a M.A. in Museum Professions with a focus in Museum Education from Seton Hall University. In her free time she enjoys singing in her church choir and acting in local community theater productions; she looks forward to being able to continue those hobbies soon.Buy tickets/get more info now