250th Anniversary Events at St. Paul’s Chapel


For 250 years—spanning an extraordinary passage of growth for our city and nation—St. Paul’s Chapel, part of Trinity Church Wall Street parish in Lower Manhattan, abides as a symbol of faith, endurance, and social good. Trinity is marking this important milestone with celebratory services and events, including a music festival, historical lecture series, special tours, and activities for children and families.

The 9/11 Chapel of Remembrance
Open Now

A place of reflection and a permanent display of special artifacts from the chapel’s ministry serving Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers in the nine months following the September 11 attacks.

First Thursdays: St. Paul's Chapel Historical Artifact Pop-Up Exhibits
Beginning in November 2016 through July 2017

Items from Trinity Church Wall Street’s Archives will be on display in St. Paul’s Chapel on the first Thursday of every month from 11am-1pm, highlighting various ministries and events from 250 years of St. Paul’s Chapel’s History. Free and open to the public.

250 Acts of Service

Staff members of Trinity Church Wall Street will volunteer their time to support Trinity’s mission beyond the scope of their job responsibilities through 250 acts of service, working with Trinity’s senior ministry team.


Previous St. Paul's Chapel 250th Anniversary Events

Historical Lantern-Light Tour of St. Paul's Chapel
October 27 & 28 at 6, 7, and 8pm
Archives Week
October 21, 6-8pm

250th celebratory reception, talk, and display of artifacts.

250th Anniversary Historical Outdoor Exhibit
Open Now

A new look at 250 years of history and current mission and ministry along the fence of the chapel.

Birthday Party for St. Paul's
October 30, 2016, 10am

Families celebrated a festive birthday celebration which includes “Pin the Steeple on St. Paul’s,” birthday card making for Trinity Cares, and a fun photo booth opportunity.

St. Paul's, 1766: A Walking Tour of Revolutionary New York
October 30, 2016, 1pm

Historian Barnet Schecter led participants on a stroll the length of the colonial city, using a map published in the year St. Paul’s Chapel was built.

Commemorative Prayer Service
October 30, 2016, 3pm

This service was held exactly 250 years after St. Paul’s opened in 1766. The prayer service included local dignitaries and special music from NOVUS NY. In addition, an original print of the first sermon preached on October 30, 1766, was be on display. 

Compline by Candlelight
October 30, 2016, 8pm

A special Compline service, an ancient half-hour candlelit service featuring the Trinity Choir.

Historical Lecture Series
October 30, 4:15pm

Dr. Kenneth Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University.
“A City and a Church: The Remarkable History of St. Paul’s Chapel and the Streets Beyond the Doors”

February 1, 6:30pm

Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History and Religious Studies, Yale University.
“Gotham, Religion, and the Fright of Modernity”

March 8, 6pm

Thomas Mellins, Architectural Historian, Author, and Exhibition Curator
“St. Paul’s Landmark Building: Change and Continuity”

Mr. Mellins will trace the design and evolution of St. Paul's Chapel as a house of worship, an urban landmark, and a place of pilgrimage. He will explore the building's impact on Lower Manhattan as well as the impact of the emerging skyscraper city on the chapel, chronicling architectural changes and preservation efforts over time. In architectural terms, St. Paul's offers a special opportunity to examine the relationship of authentic Colonial Era architecture and the Colonial Revival style, with the latter's multiple associations and meanings.

April 26, 6pm

Webcast live & on-demand
Lisa Keller, Professor of History at SUNY Purchase
“Raucous New York: Popular Protest on the Streets Around and Beyond St. Paul’s.”
Lisa Keller will talk about the noisy New Yorkers who transformed New York from a village to a world city in the 19th century. They did so by making the streets of New York their living room for daily life, and for popular protest.

St. Paul's Chapel: Community of Faith, Faith in Community
December 18, 2016, 1pm

Tom Mellins, Architectural historian, author, and exhibition curator introduced St. Pauls’ new historical exhibit, “St. Paul's: Community of Faith, Faith in Community,” leading guests on an exploration of the 250 years of ministry St. Paul’s Chapel has provided to its neighbors.

St. Paul’s Fall Children’s Fair
November 5, Noon-4pm

Fun-filled afternoon with Colonial America-themed arts and crafts, games, folk music, storytelling, food and more. Open to all.

Time’s Arrow: American Music Festival
January 2-12, 2017

This festival exemplifies Trinity’s signature juxtaposition of early and modern music. The programming celebrates the anniversary of St. Paul’s Chapel and spans three centuries. Works range from those foundational to American music to world premieres and commissions from leading American composers.. Learn more.

New Thematic Tours
February 2017

A new “Parish Black History”docent tour and a web tour of the “Hidden St. Paul’s.”

Neighborhood Movie Nights: Ghosts of Gotham Past
October 2016 - March 2017

Movie screenings featuring a New York history theme. Learn more.