In-person and Virtual Programs in August

July 26, 2021

Connect with National Trust Historic Sites from across the country with a selection of in-person and virtual events, exhibitions, and opportunities in August 2021.

Featured Virtual Events

Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios
Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: The Dorothy Riester House and Studio
Monday, August 9 at 3 p.m. ET
Free to attend webinar; registration required

On the last stop of this six-part virtual road trip, explore the handmade home and studio of Dorothy Riester. Sitting atop a 23-acre wooded landscape, the Cazenovia, New York, property joined the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program in 2021. Discover Riester's sculpture and design practice, and learn how her love for historic preservation and land conservation led to the creation of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Considered Riester's most remarkable accomplishment, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is now a public sculpture garden, exhibition space, and artist residency program.

Belle Grove
How Remote Sensing Helps Public Archaeology
Wednesday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. ET
Free to attend webinar; registration required

As Belle Grove Plantation researchers investigated the enslaved quarters on the property, they frequently used time-honored methods of archaeology. Join the discussion on how remote sensing (Ground Penetrating Radar and Light Detection and Ranging or LIDAR) for 3D mapping may help them find foundations and roads that would otherwise be difficult or time-consuming to detect. Lead archaeologist Matthew Greer and the archeology team will explain these techniques both in person on the lower level of the Manor House (check-in at the Welcome Center first) and online.

Other Virtual Events

Decatur House/White House Historical Association
White House History Live—Inside Camp David
Tuesday, August 10 at 5 p.m. ET
Free to attend; Facebook live stream

History Happy Hour—The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency
Thursday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free to attend webinar; registration required

History Happy Hour—The Official White House Christmas Ornament: The History of a Classic Holiday Tradition
Thursday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free to attend webinar; registration required

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Virtual Tour: Tenement Kitchens
Wednesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. ET
Suggested donation; YouTube Live

Constitution 101: Kurt Lash on The Reconstruction Amendments
Sunday, August 15 at 5 p.m. ET
$25 to attend webinar; registration required

Touro Synagogue
74th Annual George Washington Letter Reading and Keynote Address
Sunday, August 15 at 1 p.m. ET
Free to attend; Facebook Livestream

Featured Onsite Events

Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
The President and the Playwright: Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare
Wednesday, August 4 at 5 p.m. ET
$35 per adult ticket; under age 18 free

From his frontier youth onward, Abraham Lincoln found comfort and inspiration in the writings of William Shakespeare. As a child, Lincoln read, and later memorized, the great soliloquies. As president, he frequented performances and readings of Shakespeare’s plays in Washington, D.C., even as the Civil War competed for his time and attention. In this special Chesterwood performance, actor Rufus Collins performs Lincoln’s favorite Shakespearian soliloquies, and historian Harold Holzer serves as narrator to describe Lincoln’s habits and preferences as a reader and theater-goer.

Filoli in Monterey, California
Wine Weekend
Saturday, August 14, and Sunday, August 15 from 10 a.m.—5 p.m. PT
$25 for adults; ticket required

Wine Weekend shines the spotlight on local wineries and breweries to give Filoli visitors a rare opportunity to taste, purchase, and enjoy a selection of libations not typically offered on property. Tastings are included with the purchase of a signature Filoli stemless wine glass. Visitors can purchase food in the Quail’s Nest Caf, on the Woodland Garden Court, or bring food for picnicking by the Visitor and Education Center.

Other Onsite Events

Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Music in the Courtyard by Gerard Estella
August 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m.
$100 per table of up to four people

Cliveden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Indoor and Outdoor August Tours
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in August at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
$10 per adult; $8 per student; children under 6 free

Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois
Celebrate International Dog Day: Farnsworth with Fido
Saturday, August 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$10 per adult; dogs free

The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut
Self-guided site pass includes viewing David Hartt: A Colored Garden and Pliable Plane: Anni Albers
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in August from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$30 per person

Montpelier in Orange, Virginia
Exploring the Home Farm
Thursday, August 12 at 1 p.m.
$25 per adult; $13 per child; under 6 free

Sites of Domestic Labor – Archaeology in the Woods
Sunday, August 15 at 1 p.m.
$25 per adult; $13 per child; under 6 free

Artifacts Tell a Story Tour
Friday, August 27 at 1 p.m.
$25 per adult; $13 per child; under 6 free

All National Trust Historic Sites are open! We encourage you to check directly with each site for up-to-date information on available activities, ticketing, and guidelines if you are planning a visit.

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