The World Premiere of America's First Play
Oct
6
to Oct 29

The World Premiere of America's First Play

The World Premiere of America’s First Play: Androboros (Villain of the State)
Written by Governor Robert Hunter (1714) and Adapted by S.M. Dale (2017)

7:00pm performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October

Before Hamilton, before Washington, before even much of Manhattan existed, there was Androboros! Mixing Elizabethan language with the commedia del arte of its day, this new adaptation will feature over a dozen original songs played live with a dancing, 10-member cast in an intimate setting. Based on a true incident that scandalized the young New York colony, the play is a great history lesson that is as funny and entertaining today as it was in 1714.

$10 tickets available for preview performances.
$Museum Members / $20 Public Ticket

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Halloween Storytelling
Oct
22
11:00am11:00am

Halloween Storytelling

Spirits of the Revolution

Presented by Jonathan Kruk

FREE with regular Admission
 
Get into the Halloween spirit with Master Storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, who will be performing a lively kid-friendly retelling of spooky stories from the American Revolution. Join us for a day of family-friendly activities and spooky (but not scary!) stories. What better way to celebrate the season than in New York City’s oldest standing structure?

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Kosciuszko: Bridge to Liberty For All
Oct
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Kosciuszko: Bridge to Liberty For All

Celebrate Brigadier General of the Continental Army and Polish freedom fighter, Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Learn about his efforts to end slavery, as illustrated by his will andand enjoy a piano concert by pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska, who will be playing original compositions by Kosciuszko. Make a toast with the original cocktail, “The Kosciuszko Bridge,” which joins the “spirits” of two nations: Polish Bison Grass Vodka and American gin.

$20 Public / $15 Museum Members
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*This program is brought to you in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the Historical Society of the New York Courts.

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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

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.

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Evacuation Day Walking Tour
Nov
25
to Nov 26

Evacuation Day Walking Tour

Saturday, November 25
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
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Washington's Farewell
Dec
3
11:00am11:00am

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

*Dunmore’s War: 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. 

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

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October Book Club Meeting
Oct
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

October Book Club Meeting

*It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan by Tracy Crow

Hosted by ExecutiveDirector Jessica B. Phillips
6:00pm (Doors open at 5:30)

Love reading the latest book on American history?  Want to share your nerdy passion for the American Revolution?  The Fraunces Tavern 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. Register on our website!

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*Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle
Oct
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

*Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle

The Battle of Monmouth, fought on June 28, 1778, was a brutal tactical draw. George Washington's partisans spun a public relations victory that enabled the General to silence the army and political critics who had challenged his command the previous winter in the so-called Conway Cabal. Thus the battle was contested on two fronts- the military and political, both with grave results for Washington and the Revolution. 

*Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle is a Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award 2017 Honorable Mention.

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Path Through History Weekend
Oct
7
to Oct 9

Path Through History Weekend

Fraunces Tavern Museum will be participating in Path Through History Weekend October 7-9; a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history being featured during hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. Path Through History takes you across the state to living history museums, forts, military landmarks, and the homes of presidents, great writers and artists to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today. Come experience and appreciate the state's amazing past at FTM!

 

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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!

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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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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.

TICKETS FOR THIS TOUR ARE SOLD OUT

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*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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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!

Trivia Night Tickets
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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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