21st Martin Luther King Day of Service – Today, more now than ever before, the spirit of collaboration is needed. Join Johnson House & 6300 Germantown Business Alliance to commemorate the life and legacy for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.to collect school supplies to donate to local public schools. Drop donations off at 6353 Germantown Ave. 10am – 12 Noon
1st One Book One Philadelphia – Join Northwest Germantown Book Club as we host a book discussion on Sing, Unsung, Sing. Authored by Jesmyn Ward, the book focuses on criminal justice reform, generational inheritance, and whole-family wellness. Hosted in partnership with Free Library of Philadelphia. FREE with RSVP. 6pm – 8pm
9th – Towards Healing, Justice & Community Transformation – Join Art for Justice and Ubuntu Philadelphia activist, Kempis Songster, in an exhibition of prisoner art and a workshop that brings the community together for open dialogue on community healing, re-imaging justice and community accountability in reform. FREE with RSVP. 5pm – 7pm
23rd UGRR Quilts, Codes, & Cotton – Join Johnson House and Awbury Arboretum for a quilt exhibit and workshop to juxtapose the themes represented by UGRR quilt codes, chattel slavery and the relationship of “cotton as fiber art and its history linked to enslavement” in America. Master quilt instructor, textile artist, and speaker Sharon Tindall (Montclair State University) will share her art and considerable research into how AA slaves used patterns to pass along UGRR routes. Participants will craft a quilt aample! FREE with RSVP 10am -12pm
19th Spring House Outbuilding Garden Fundraiser – Spirit, History and Nature of Johnson House – Join Al Paris of Chestnut Hill’s Paris Bistro, as he prepares and serves historic foods representing African, Native American and Quaker cuisines! Enjoy great food and music. Purchase tickets at www.johnsonhouse.org 2pm – 6pm
15th Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival – Celebrate Juneteenth, the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that commemorates the end of slavery. Features all day family oriented activities: panel discussion on social issue, reenactments, food trucks, performance arts, exhibits, vendor marketplace, resource tables, and guided tours. 12 pm – 7:00 pm FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
4th – Welcome America: Ring out Freedom and Independence in Germantown, Celebrate independence with prominent historic sites: Cliveden; Concord School House; and Johnson House. Features reenactments, Bell Ringing, guided tours. 11am – 4pm FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
28th Captured!!! Slavery on the Plantation!! Freedom Bound!! – AASLH tour will bring to life an answer to the convention theme of “What Are We Waiting For”. Visitors will experience the terror of enslavement and the courage and determination to resist it on this bus tour for those involved in preserving, documenting, and elevating the history of enslavement for history professionals. (TBD)
4th Revolutionary Germantown Festival – The 1777 Battle of Germantown is reenacted throughout the day and features family friendly activities. Tour the Johnson House to learn about the roles that African Americans played in the battle, the abolition movement, and brave freedom seekers aided by a family of Quakers. 10 am – 4 pm FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
12th Holiday Carol Sing & Food Basket Give-a-way – No musical expertise required! Lend your voice as we stroll along the Avenue singing holiday carols with neighbors. After caroling, embrace the joy of the season as we distribute food baskets to area families in need. Johnson House hosts this gathering so stop by and enjoy hot apple cider and cookies after the stroll! 4 – 6pm FREE TO THE PUBLIC!