Nathan Hale and Moses Dunbar: Choosing Sides in the American Revolution
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Nathan Hale and Moses Dunbar: Choosing Sides in the American Revolution

Presented by Virginia Anderson*

Nathan Hale, hanged as a spy by the British, is remembered as a Revolutionary hero. Moses Dunbar, executed as a loyalist traitor to the state of Connecticut, is virtually unknown. Despite their divergent historical reputations, Anderson considers how their stories are not so different, and together can illuminate important features of the impact of the Revolution on ordinary lives.

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Book Club Meeting
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club Meeting

Join Executive Director Jessica B. Phillips to discuss The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist by Marcus Rediker.*

Love reading the latest book on American history?  Want to share your nerdy passion for the American Revolution?  This book club is for you! These casual and insightful meetings discuss classic themes, the narrative of history and all things related to the American Revolutionary era. 

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Washington & Hamilton in New York City
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Washington & Hamilton in New York City

Stand at the site of Washington's momentous inauguration, gain insights into the duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr, pay your respects at the final resting place of the Hamiltons, and much more. You'll hear stories, letters, speeches and see paintings from the time. This is an immersive tour for lovers of United States’ history and the musical Hamilton!

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Spy Week
Sep
15
to Sep 22

Spy Week

Join us  September 15-22 for a week-long celebration of America's Revolutionary War spies! Learn the secrets of America's first spy ring, hear stories of famed spies such as Benjamin Tallmadge and Nathan Hale, and discover the truth about some of the War's unsung heroes who were instrumental in the efforts of Revolutionary espionage. Check out our full schedule of specialized guided walking tours, spy-themed activities, and more. 

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Museum Day
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Museum Day

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Fraunces Tavern Museum and other participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide FREE entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. 

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American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era

Presented by Craig Bruce Smith*

In this lecture, Smith reveals how the American Revolution was not only for liberty and freedom, but 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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Glass Armonica Concert
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Glass Armonica Concert

Enjoy the music and stories of Ben Franklin’s glass armonica from the 18th century to modern times and learn how this rare instrument inspired Mozart, Jefferson, and many others to write for and about it’s mysterious beauty.  This concert will include classical and traditional music associated with the history of the glass armonica by Colonial Williamsburg musician, Dean Shostak. 

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Flag Day Parade & Celebration
Jun
14
12:00 PM12:00

Flag Day Parade & Celebration

Hosted by the Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc.

Hundreds of flag-waving participants from NYC schools and organizations such as the NYPD, FDNY, and various historic societies march through Lower Manhattan to celebrate Flag Day, with a parade beginning at City Hall and concluding with festivities in front of Fraunces Tavern, where you can enjoy $1 Museum admission all day!

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Headwraps of African Women in America
May
30
5:30 PM17:30

Headwraps of African Women in America

Join Cheyney McKnight from Not Your Momma' History for a special presentation on headwraps found among both free and enslaved African Women in America from the 18th to 19th century.  Each ticket purchase includes a glass of wine and a spot on our Fighting for Freedom museum tour; which highlights the incredible achievements and contributions of African Americans during the American Revolution.

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Scars of Independence
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Scars of Independence

Presented by Holger Hoock*

Although the American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire, author Holger 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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Thomas Jefferson-Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake America
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Thomas Jefferson-Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake America

Presented by Kevin R.C. Gutzman*

This lecture was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 19. Please note the date change. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In this lecture, Gutzman argues that Thomas Jefferson should be remembered more for his success as a constructive statesman than for his authorship of the Declaration of Independence.

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The Battles of Lexington and Concord Dinner & Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award Presentation
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

The Battles of Lexington and Concord Dinner & Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award Presentation

Join us for dinner as best-selling author Russell Shorto is presented with the 2018 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award for his book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom. An Honorable Mention will also be presented to Harlow Giles Unger and a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented in honor of the late Thomas Fleming.

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A Rebellious Brew: New York's Tea Party of 1774
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

A Rebellious Brew: New York's Tea Party of 1774

Boston was not the only Colonial city to have its own ‘tea party’ in revolutionary times. Many seaport cities, including New York, had their own rebellions. Join licensed New York City Tour Guide Fred Cookinham to envision New York’s 1774 waterfront and discover why the city was so late in the game to revel in patriotic spirit.

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First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence*
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

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.

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Annual Church Service
Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

Annual Church Service

The Museum's parent organization Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc. are hosting their Annual Church Service to celebrate, in a religious way, the anniversary of George Washington's birth and honor Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc. members who passed away in the previous year.

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Fighting for Freedom Tour
Feb
3
to Feb 24

Fighting for Freedom Tour

From battles to espionage, and harrowing tales of escape, this tour emphasizes the fact that African Americans, both enslaved and free, were present, active, and of critical importance in the American Revolution. In honor of Black History Month, this tour is FREE every Saturday in February at 3:00pm.

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Book Club Meeting
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club Meeting

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom*
by Russell Shorto
Hosted by Executive Director Jessica B. Phillips

Love reading the latest book on American history?  Want to share your nerdy passion for the American Revolution?  This book club is for you! Everyone is welcome to join. Museum members at the Spymaster Circle level and higher can join for free. Not a museum member? Join now or sign up for the Club at $15 for one year

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NYC Must-See Week
Jan
29
to Feb 11

NYC Must-See Week

This year Fraunces Tavern Museum will be participating in NYC Must-See Week! From January 29-February 11th, enjoy 2-for-1 Museum admission; which includes access to all of our gallery spaces, special exhibitions and admittance to any guided tours offered during regular Museum hours.

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*Dunmore’s War: The Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era
Dec
7
6:30 PM18:30

*Dunmore’s War: The Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era

Learn about the causes, course, and conduct of the last Native American war before the American War for Independence. 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. 

Purchase tickets here.

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Washington's Farewell
Dec
3
11:00 AM11:00

Washington's Farewell

To commemorate Washington’s emotional farewell to his Officers that took place in the Long Room on December 4, 1783, a special reenactment of the farewell will occur throughout the day in the famous Long Room by TURN's Ian Kahn and his historical advisor Dan Shippey. Visitors can also take docent-led tours of the Museum, snap a photo in the colonial costume photobooth, and participate in hands-on family activities.

*$1 Admission

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Evacuation Day Walking Tour
Nov
26
11:00 AM11:00

Evacuation Day Walking Tour

Saturday, November 25 - SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 26

New York City was occupied by the British for over seven years during the Revolutionary War. On November 25, 1783, the British filed onto their ships to leave for good and the War for Independence was finally over. Led by New York City Tour Guide Fred Cookinham, follow in the footsteps of General Washington and his troops as they entered New York in triumph. Learn about the people and sites of New York, and what it was like to be caught up in a revolution.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
$15 Museum Members / $20 Public
Purchase tickets here.

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*The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

*The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution

Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the derelict ship, the HMS Jersey, was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Throughout the colonies, the mere mention of the ship sparked fear and loathing of British troops. Join Robert as he explores the long forgotten story of the bloodiest “battle” of the Revolution, when an old British prison ship claimed more American lives than were lost in combat during the entirety of the War and how the affair would help rally the cause and win the War.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Purchase tickets here.

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