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

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

Upcoming Lectures

Thursday, August 3
Making the Common Cause
Presented by Robert Parkinson

The issue of unity between the thirteen colonies was essential but fragile. The leaders of the Revolutionary movement had to craft an argument that compelled as many colonists as possible to support their side. Historians have emphasized that they did this by stressing liberty, consent, and freedom. However, the “Common Cause” had a dark side, one with significant implications about race and belonging in the U.S that lasted long after Yorktown.

Tickets for this lecture can be purchase here!

Thursday, September 7
The Spoils of War
Presented by Alastair Smith & Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Even America’s greatest presidents, like Washington, Madison, Lincoln, and FDR fought wars to advance their personal interests. War presidents are much more likely to be re-elected than those who produced peace and prosperity. Find out how we can eliminate needless wars through simple procedural changes.

*The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts that made our Greatest Presidents, is a Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Club selection.

Thursday, October 12
Monmouth: A Battle on Two Fronts
Presented by Mark Lender

The Battle of Monmouth, fought on June 28, 1778, was a brutal tactical draw. George Washington's partisans spun a public relations victory that enabled the General to silence the army and political critics who had challenged his command the previous winter in the so-called Conway Cabal. Thus the battle was contested on two fronts- the military and political, both with grave results for Washington and the Revolution. 

*Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle is a Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award 2017 Honorable Mention. 

Thursday, November 2
Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Presented by Rick Beyer

Trace the thirty year rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that ended in their deadly encounter in Weehawken- just one week after they dined together at this very Fraunces Tavern!

Thursday, December 7
Dunmore's War: Last Conflict of America's Colonial Era
Presented by Glenn Williams

Learn about the causes, course, and conduct of the last Native American war before the American War for Independence. Often overlooked, this presentation will challenge many of the misconceptions and myths surrounding the 1774 conflict in which Lord Dunmore, Virginia's last royal governor, led the colony's forces in a defensive war against a Native American coalition led by the Shawnee Nation.