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

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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, May 23, 2019
Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family
Presented by Sara 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.

Purchase tickets here.


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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 June 21.


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Thursday, August 29
Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
Presented by Christian Di Spigna*


Little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, and his incendiary writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence. Di Spigna will discuss the primary source documents and artifacts he uncovered in the 20 years he spent researching, shedding new light on Warren’s private life and public career.

Tickets for this lecture will go sale July 22.


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Thursday, September 12
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Presented by Victoria Johnson*

When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to both men, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Sir Joseph Banks, and Alexander von Humboldt. In this lecture, Johnson explores how Hosack used his pioneering institution to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists, and to conduct some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States.

Tickets for this lecture will go on sale August 30.