The Spoils of War
Sep
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Spoils of War

Presented by Alastair Smith & Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Doors open at 6pm

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.

September 7 Lecture
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Sympathetic Spies: George Washington’s Eyes and Ears in Lower Manhattan
Sep
17
11:00am11:00am

Sympathetic Spies: George Washington’s Eyes and Ears in Lower Manhattan

The British Revolutionary War Spymaster Major George Beckwith claimed that, “Washington didn’t really outfight the British, he simply out-spied us.” The General’s master spies operated out of Lower Manhattan and this walking tour will make its way between the Battery and Wall Street, retracing their steps.

Join Archive on Parade founder Lucie Levine on this guided walking tour to discover who first peddled fake news, meet the tailor who saved George Washington’s life not once but twice, and find out what Eagles, Turtles, and Vultures have to do with turncoats and saboteurs.

*Tickets must be purchased in advance. You will receive a confirmation email with the starting location of the tour within 24 business hours.

Spy Week Walking Tour
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Nathan Hale Day Commemoration
Sep
22
12:00pm12:00pm

Nathan Hale Day Commemoration

Join the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York as they commemorate martyred spy Nathan Hale at the foot of the Nathan Hale statue which stands at City Hall Park. The ceremony features the SRNY color Guard, a mayoral proclamation, wreath laying and more.

Join the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York as they commemorate martyred spy Nathan Hale at the foot of the Nathan Hale statue which stands at City Hall Park. The ceremony features the SRNY color Guard, a mayoral proclamation, wreath laying and more.

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Museum Day Live!
Sep
23
11:00am11:00am

Museum Day Live!

We are proud to announce that we will be once again, participating in the Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! to provide free admission to Fraunces Tavern Museum on September 23. 

To receive free admission for two to Fraunces Tavern Museum or participating museums, you must register online

Registration opens on August 25.

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Spy Week Family Day
Sep
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Spy Week Family Day

Join us for an afternoon of spy-themed activities at the Museum! Meet Claudia Friddell, author of Totally True Adventures: George Washington’s Spies, as she recreates participation based spy tactics from the Revolution. Would you be able masterfully cipher Benjamin Tallmadge’s code book? Could you successfully complete a stealth message to arrange for a spy ring meeting? Come participate in these activities and find out if you could have been a member of the Culper Spy Ring!

Schedule of Events:
1:00 & 2:00pm -
 Revolutionary Spies Tour
1:00-4:00pm – Meet and greet/book signing with author Claudia Friddel, who will also lead a series of spy-themed children’s activities.

*Copies of Friddell’s book will be available for purchase.

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

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

Monday, November 20 / Special Lecture
The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story from the American Revolution
Presented by Robert Watson

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 for this event go on sale October 13. *All attendees must purchase a ticket for Special Lectures. There is no reserved seating for this lecture. 

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Making the Common Cause
Aug
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Making the Common Cause

Presented by Robert Parkinson
Doors open at 6pm

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. 

August 3 Lecture
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Jul
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Trivia Night

Doors open @6:30pm / Trivia @7pm

$10 Public / $5 Museum Members

Celebrate Independence Day by testing your knowledge of the American Revolution! Round-up your history buff friends and brush up on both popular and obscure Revolutionary history to win some great prizes!

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Special Lecture
Jul
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Special Lecture

Hamilton and the Economics of Slavery

Presented by Robert E. Wright
Doors open at 6:00pm

Dr. Wright addresses a discussion related to the economics of slavery, with findings included in two recent books, The Poverty of Slavery: How Unfree Labor Pollutes the Economy, and, One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What we Owe. Dr. Wright explores the economic angle to a traditionally moral argument, demonstrating that slavery has never promoted economic growth or development, neither today nor in the past.

This event is presented by the AHA Society as part of CelebrateHAMILTON 2017.

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Evening Lecture
Jul
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

Evening Lecture

Mutiny on the Hermione and the Presidential Election of 1800

Presented by A. Roger Ekirch
Doors open at 6:00pm

In 1797, the Royal Navy suffered the bloodiest mutiny in the annals of British history, which led to the extradition from America and the hanging by the British, of a purported American sailor, Jonathan Robbins. Widely overlooked by historians, Robbins’ martyrdom provoked a popular uproar and a constitutional crisis over presidential authority that inflamed the tumultuous campaign of 1800.

July 6 Lecture
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The American Revolution: Dawn of Independence
Jul
4
6:00am 6:00am

The American Revolution: Dawn of Independence

Tickets for this walking tour are SOLD OUT.

Celebrate America’s independence on this pre-dawn walking tour. Explore Lower Manhattan in the quiet of the early morning hours with New York City Tour Guide, Ellen Baird for a 2-hour walking tour of Revolutionary War history. Explore the sites and learn the history of the crucial events that took place in the streets of Lower Manhattan before, during and after the American Revolutionary War, from the Stamp Act Riots to New York's Tea Party, from the Sugar House prisons to General George Washington's farewell to his troops at Fraunces Tavern. This tour is designed for novices and history buffs alike.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Once tickets are purchased, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 business hours that will provide you with the starting location of the walking tour. 

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A Toast to History: Independence Eve
Jun
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

A Toast to History: Independence Eve

Tickets for this walking tour are SOLD OUT. 

Lift your glass and toast to America’s independence with New York City Tour Guide, Ellen Baird for a 2-hour walking tour of Revolutionary War history. Explore the sites and learn the history of the crucial events that took place in the streets of Lower Manhattan before, during and after the American Revolutionary War, from the Stamp Act Riots to New York’s Tea Party, from the Sugar House prisons to General George Washington’s farewell to his troops at Fraunces Tavern. This tour is designed for novices and history buffs alike.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Once tickets are purchased, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 business hours that will provide you with the starting location of the walking tour. 

*Ticket purchases include a free pint of Sam Fraunces Ale at Fraunces Tavern Restaurant & Bar where you can toast to the Revolution!

Walking Tour Site Map

Walking Tour Site Map

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Night at the Museums
Jun
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Night at the Museums

Spend a summer evening visiting the 15 excitingly diverse museums and historic sites in Lower Manhattan — all for free. Learn about New York City’s history, discover new heritages, and enjoy discounts at local restaurants. Participants can enjoy live 18th century music, snap a souvenir photo in the Colonial Costume Photo Booth, and children can create their own flags!

Visit NightAtTheMuseums.com for details and a map of participating locations.

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Flag Day Celebration
Jun
14
12:00pm12:00pm

Flag Day Celebration

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York and Fraunces Tavern Museum invite you to join us June 14th in celebrating the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag!

The Parade will begin at 12 noon, departing from City Hall Park, proceeding south on Broadway heading towards historic Fraunces Tavern and the Flag Day Ceremony Stand at the corner of Broad and Pearl Streets. At the Stand, there will be ceremonies, with songs performed by schoolchildren, proclamations, and recitations honoring “Old Glory.”

The Parade will also feature hundreds of New York City school children, color guards from the Armed Forces, contingents from the New York City Fire and Sanitation Departments, and many of the City’s oldest historical and patriotic societies.

Fraunces Tavern Museum will be free admission all day June 14.

Donate to FLAG DAY: If you would like to support this 111 year old tradition by donating please use the PayPal button below.  You can also send a check to "Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York" at 54 Pearl St., New York, NY 10004.  

All donations of $100 or more will be recognized in the Flag Day Ceremony Program.  

$10, $50, $100, $500, $1000 or more!

All donations are 100% tax deductible to fullest extent of the law for the 2017 year. 

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May
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

Benjamin Franklin in London: From British Loyalist to American Patriot

For four-fifths of his long life Benjamin Franklin regarded himself as British. Living in London for the best part of two decades, he sought to bring Great Britain and US colonies more firmly together. But his plans were rejected by Lord North’s government and in March 1775 he was forced to flee and to make a momentous decision.

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Apr
23
11:00am11:00am

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

Museum Members: $15
Regular Ticket: $20
Boston was not the only Colonial city to have a ‘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 New York City was so late in the game to revel in patriotic spirit.

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Apr
22
11:00am11:00am

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

Museum Members: $15
Regular Ticket: $20
Boston was not the only Colonial city to have a ‘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 New York City was so late in the game to revel in patriotic spirit.

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Apr
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

Beyond the Christian Nation: Religion and the Founding of the United States

McBride will describe the actual role religion played in the founding of the United States by examining the political activism of clergymen during the Revolution and in the Early Republic. Why did many clergymen oppose the Revolution and the Constitution on religious grounds? How did political leaders use religious rhetoric to obtain and maintain power? The answers to these questions will fundamentally change the way we understand America’s political and cultural origins.

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