Fraunces Tavern Museum hosts a monthly lecture series with topics relating to its mission by esteemed experts, authors, and historians.*

Evening Lecture Admission:
$10 / Public
$5 / Museum Members

Doors open at 6:00pm and lectures begin at 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance and include refreshments. Seat reservations are only available to Museum Members. 

Please Note: PayPal will send an immediate purchase confirmation via email. Tickets will NOT be shipped in the mail and customer’s names will be on a check-in roster at Will Call. Customers will receive an additional confirmation email with event details by Fraunces Tavern Museum within 24 business hours.

If you have recently published a book relating to the Museum's mission and would like to speak at the Museum, please contact

Did you miss one of our evening lectures? Recordings of our past lectures will now available online for listening or downloading. 

Upcoming Lectures

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Thursday, February 22
First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence
Presented by Harlow Giles Unger*

Unger will describe the life and career of Richard Henry Lee, the first Founding Father to call for American Independence from Britain. Learn about how Lee masterminded the political and diplomatic victories that ensured Washington’s military victory.

Purchase tickets here.


Thursday, March 8
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall & His Times
Presented by Joel Paul*

Learn about the remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.

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Thursday, April 19
Thomas Jefferson-Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake America 
Presented by Kevin R.C. Gutzman*

Gutzman argues that Jefferson should be remembered more for his success as a constructive statesman than for his authorship of the Declaration of Independence. Much of what represents the United States today—religious freedom, the accessibility of education, and the size and reach of government—can be traced directly back to Jefferson’s initiatives as a statesman. His positions on both government and society were radical for their time and paved the way for a national consciousness rooted in equality and self-determination.


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Thursday, May 10
Scars of Independence
Presented by Holger Hoock*

Hoock argues that the American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. In his deep research of America’s founding, Hoock finds that the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war—one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand.


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Thursday, June 28
Benjamin Lay and the Origins of American Abolitionism
Presented by Marcus Rediker*

Rediker explores the life of Benjamin Lay, the Quaker dwarf who was one of the first people to call for the immediate and unconditional abolition of slavery worldwide.

This book is on the 2018 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Club schedule.


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Thursday, August 23
Lost British Forts of Long Island
Presented by David Griffin*

When the Revolutionary War broke out and New York City had fallen in 1776, the British forces developed a network of forts along the length of Long Island to defend the New York area and create a front to Patriot forces across the Sound in Connecticut. Author David M. Griffin will discuss the network of fortifications on Long Island covered within his book and describe more details regarding research on a few of the key posts on the island. Learn about new and ongoing research within the inner city areas of Brooklyn and Queens.


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Thursday, November 8th
American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era
Presented by Craig Bruce Smith*

Smith argues that the American Revolution was not only for liberty and freedom, it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as “honor” and “virtue”. Smith will highlight prominent Americans who came of age before and during the Revolution, linking it to an ethical transformation, and sparking the American Revolution.