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. Doors will close at 6:50pm. 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. Advance online ticket sales will end @ 5pm on the day of the lecture. Tickets can still be purchased at the door

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 are now available online for listening or downloading. 

Upcoming Lectures

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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.

Purchase tickets here.


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Thursday, September 6
From Revolution to Nation: Creating a Sovereign People
Presented by Carol Berkin*

Berkin takes a look at the challenges faced in the first decade of the federal government and the national identity forged during these extraordinary years of crisis.


Thursday, October 11
Rethinking America: From Empire to Revolution
Presented by Andrew Shankman*

Shankman argues that colonists in the 1760s were proudly British, and that this pride led to a surprisingly disruptive and violent Revolution.


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Thursday, November 8
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.


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Thursday, December 6
Unlikely General: Mad Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America
Presented by Mary Stockwell

Dr. Mary Stockwell discusses “Mad” Anthony Wayne; a womanizer, heavy drinker, and spend-thrift who had suffered a mental and physical breakdown fighting in the last days of the Revolution. But Washington took a chance on Wayne and the rest is history.