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Making History at Fraunces Tavern Museum!
by Waverly Winchester, The Kiditor

Last week Kids News NYC visited us and The Kiditor went on an adventure back in time to gather stories and fun facts to use in her feature on the Museum! 

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Do you ever feel like going back in time?  Or do you ever get bored reading about the past in history class and wish you could actually go to some places you read about?  By George, I think I’ve got the place for you!  My class is studying The American Revolution right now and when my mom and I read about how George Washington gave his famous farewell speech at Fraunces Tavern right here in Manhattan, we knew we just had to go see it for ourselves.  So we planned a visit to Fraunces Tavern Museum.  And guess what?  There’s way more inside the museum than there was in my book, and in our imagination! Read the full adventure here.


Guest Blog from Washington's Quill
by Lynn Price

January 19, 2018

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Read this fantastic blog post from Lynn Price, Assistant Editor at The Washington Papers, who takes us behind the scenes of the Museum's Washington's Farewell event and interviews the men behind the General himself.

On December 4, 1783, an emotional George Washington, commander in chief of the Continental army, stood before his officers in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern in New York. “With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you,” Washington toasted, as his eyes scanned the room. “I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable. I cannot come to each of you but shall feel obliged if each of you will come and take me by the hand.” MORE.


A Note from our Fall 2018 Marketing Intern
by Amy Chipko

December 18, 2017

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Any internship can be a great learning opportunity, but when you find one that combines your interests and a mission you support, the experience is invaluable. As a Communication and American Studies student, I was beyond excited to come across a marketing internship at Fraunces Tavern Museum that was an ideal fusion of both of my undergraduate majors.

Working with Mrs. Amy Kennard, Fraunces Tavern Museum’s Marketing Coordinator, my to-do list as the Museum's marketing intern varied with ongoing tasks and current projects. Each of my days began with gathering new contacts from a comment binder that guests would sign after their visit to the museum. Reading through guests’ comments was enjoyable because they clearly appreciated their visit and I was able to see the Museum's mission at work. Other ongoing tasks were maintaining a press coverage list and researching social media trends and tags for the Museum to implement on their social pages. Special projects I worked on included organizing the Museum's first marketing collateral archive, updating and building a media contact list, outlining an internal style and branding guideline, and performing media research for the Museum's popular Washington’s Farewell event.

I have learned a lot during my time here at Fraunces Tavern Museum. From a marketing standpoint, I am now aware of steps and tasks to complete in order to get more awareness for a project or organization, and I have also realized the value of keeping everything very organized. Above all, interning at Fraunces Tavern has allowed me to realize that my future as a professional does not have to be monotonous or dull. It is possible to find a place that you care about enough, making it feel less like work. I have loved working with the team here at Fraunces Tavern Museum, and will always look back on this experience fondly!


The Bottle Diggers of Lower Manhattan
by Jessica B. Phillips, Curator

November 30, 2017

 Curator Jessica Phillips and curatorial intern eli mcclain prepare to catalogue the collection.

Curator Jessica Phillips and curatorial intern eli mcclain prepare to catalogue the collection.

In the middle of the 20th century, Lower Manhattan's skyline grew taller with the proud edifices of glass and metal skyscrapers. During the day contractors dug the deep foundation pits of future financial institutions, but as the five o'clock bell rang, a handful of local residents and businessmen would scavenge these sites, searching for the treasures they knew lay hidden beneath the dirt.

Often referred to as "bottle diggers" due to the nature of the vast majority of their finds, they would sift through dirt and partially torn down late 19th century brick buildings unearthing bottles thrown out by generations of New Yorkers dating back to the colonization of the island in the 1620s. One such bottle digger was Gifford Dieterle of Lloyd Harbor, New York. Gifford owned a company that operated out of Lower Manhattan in the 1970s and amassed a collection of bottles numbering into the hundreds that ranged from the early 19th to 21st centuries. 

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In early 2017 Gifford's son Tom reached out to Fraunces Tavern Museum.  Gifford had recently passed and Tom was looking for a good home for the family bottle collection. Tom thought the bottles belonged back in Lower Manhattan. While Fraunces Tavern Museum was unable to receive the entirety of the collection it was fortunate to be gifted ten well preserved mallet style bottles from the 18th century.

The bottles will go on exhibit at the start of December in the famous Long Room. They will all be displayed with the other 18th century tavern-ware. The Museum is grateful for this kind gift made in memory of Gifford Dieterle.