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

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

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, March 28, 2019
Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
Presented by Peter Stark*

Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Stark’s lecture will recount the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader.

Purchase tickets here.


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Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution
Presented by John Buchanan*

Nathanael Greene’s campaign in the Carolinas and Georgia was a nightmare of failed logistics, vicious civil war between Rebels and Tories, and military and political turmoil. Buchanan’s lecture will discuss how Major General Nathanael Greene overcame these challenges in a campaign directly responsible for driving Lord Cornwallis north to Virginia and Yorktown, where he lost his army- and with it the War.

Tickets for this lecture will go on sale March 29.


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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family
Presented by Sarah Georgini*

Reflecting on his past, President John Adams mused that it was religion that had shaped his family’s fortunes and young America’s future. Globetrotters who chronicled their religious journeys extensively, the Adams’ developed a cosmopolitan Christianity that blended discovery and criticism, faith and doubt. From Abigail Adams’ use of religion during the Revolution to her Victorian descendants’ journeys through foreign faiths, Georgini’s lecture will explore how pivotal Christianity- as the different generations understood it- was in shaping the family’s decision, great and small.

Tickets for this lecture will go on sale April 19.


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Thursday, June 20, 2019
Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution
Presented by Christopher Wren*

In this lecture, Wren uses archival research and dozens of primary sources to paint a vibrant portrait of Ethan Allen, a man whose reputation has been transformed by nostalgia and a mythic heroism that never truly existed in Allen’s lifetime. A reexamination of an often-misunderstood part of the American Revolution, Wren argues that Allen and his boisterous Green Mountain Boys were not the revolutionary heroes of lore, and left a legacy of disrespect of authority that continues to manifest itself in America today. 

This book is also our July Book Club selection. Tickets for this lecture will go on sale May 24.


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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Washington’s War 1779
Presented by Benjamin Huggins*

Much about George Washington’s generalship remains relatively unknown. Focusing on 1779, this lecture will highlight several lesser-known aspects of Washington’s leadership in the Revolution: the rouser-in-chief, urging his countrymen to recover the spirit of ’76 and take action to support the army; his diplomacy; his military aggressiveness; and his plan to drive the British from New York City and end the war in 1779.

Tickets for this lecture will go on sale July 21.