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Love reading the latest book on American history?  Want to share your nerdy passion for the American Revolution?  This book club is for you! These casual and insightful meetings discuss classic themes, the narrative of history and all things related to the American Revolutionary era. 

We will meet quarterly January, April, July, and October at 6:00pm at Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Everyone is welcome to join! Annual Club membership is $15.  Museum members at the Spymaster Circle level and higher can join for free- just email 2education@frauncestavernmuseum.org

 
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And now, a word from our new book club leader,
Program and Events Assistant, Mary Tsaltas

I am so excited to lead the museum’s Book Club this year! My background is in New York City history with a focus in colonial New York. During my time at the Museum, I’ve created several tours and programs that involved A LOT of reading and research, so I am thrilled with the opportunity to choose books that are interesting, engaging, and able to spark a lively discussion with fellow history lovers! My book choices this year explore different narratives of people and events during the Revolutionary War: should we really celebrate Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys? Was the key to winning the Battle at Yorktown really by sea?

I hope these books catch your eye and I hope to see you at the next Book Club meeting!

 
 

2019 Book Club Schedule

Spring - April 9

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates
by Eric Jay Dolin*

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

Summer- July 9

Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom – Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution
by Christopher S. Wren*

Wren overturns the myth of Ethan Allen as a legendary hero of the American Revolution and a patriotic son of Vermont and offers a different portrait of Allen and his Green Mountain Boys. Based on original archival research, this is a groundbreaking account of an important and little-known front of the Revolutionary War, of George Washington (and his good sense), and of a major American myth.

Fall - October 8

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
by Brad Meltzer

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA. Drawing on extensive research, Meltzer captures in riveting detail how George Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world, but also uncovered the secret plot against him in the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776.

 

Some of our Book Club selections have been included in our Evening Lecture Series!
Click here to browse the list and listen to podcasts of the lectures.