Making the Common Cause
Aug
3
6:30 pm18:30

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
The Spoils of War
Sep
7
6:30 pm18:30

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

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


Jul
18
7:00 pm19:00

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!

Trivia Night Tickets
Special Lecture
Jul
10
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Evening Lecture
Jul
6
6:30 pm18:30

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
The American Revolution: Dawn of Independence
Jul
4
6:00 am06:00

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. 

A Toast to History: Independence Eve
Jun
30
6:30 pm18:30

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

Boston's Massacre
Jun
22
6:30 pm18:30

Boston's Massacre

Explore the background of the shootings that are remembered as the “Boston Massacre.” Learn how they became an icon of American independence and consider their evolving significance in American culture.

Night at the Museums
Jun
20
4:00 pm16:00

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.

Flag Day Celebration
Jun
14
12:00 pm12:00

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. 

Apr
23
11:00 am11:00

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.

Apr
22
11:00 am11:00

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.

Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

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.