Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family

Evening Lecture ~ 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. 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.

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Flag Day Parade, Celebration, and Open House
Jun
14
12:00 PM12:00

Flag Day Parade, Celebration, and Open House

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

$1 Museum Admission all day long!

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.

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Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution

Evening Lecture ~ 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. 

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Night at the Museums
Jun
25
4:00 PM16:00

Night at the Museums

Spend a summer evening visiting the 13 excitingly diverse museums and historic sites in Lower Manhattan- all for FREE! Programming at Fraunces Tavern Museum includes colonial dance lessons provided by the Tricorne Dance Ensemble throughout the evening, accompanied by the live 18th century music of Anne and Ridley Enslow on genuine colonial instruments. Visitors can also snap a souvenir photo in the Colinial Costume Booth, and take a free guided tour of the Museum!

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A Toast to History: Independence Eve
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

A Toast to History: Independence Eve

Walking Tour ~ Led by Ellen Baird

Lift your glass and toast to America’s independence on this two-hour walking tour of Revolutionary War history with Ellen Baird. Designed for novices and history buffs alike, this tour explores the sites and 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, and the Sugar House prisons to George Washington’s farewell to his troops at Fraunces Tavern.

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Battles of Lexington and Concord Dinner (including Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award Presentation)
Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

Battles of Lexington and Concord Dinner (including Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award Presentation)

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

Join us for dinner as author Joyce Lee Malcolm is presented with the 2019 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award for her book, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life. An Honorable Mention will also be presented to Bob Drury and Tom Clavin for Valley Forge,  and to Albert Louis Zambone for Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life.

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The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution

Evening Lecture ~ Presented by John Buchanan*

Nathanael Greene’s campaign in the Carolinas and Georgia was a nightmare of failed logistics, vicious civil war between Rebels and Tories, and military and political turmoil. Buchanan’s lecture will discuss how Major General Nathanael Greene overcame these challenges in a campaign directly responsible for driving Lord Cornwallis north to Virginia and Yorktown, where he lost his army- and with it the War.

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Person Place Thing Podcast
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Person Place Thing Podcast

Hosted by Randy Cohen and with Special Guest Russell Shorto
6:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)

At this live recording of Person Place Thing, host Randy Cohen chats with bestselling author Russell Shorto. Person Place Thing is an interview show based on this idea: that people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result: surprising stories from great speakers. This recording is also accompanied by a live music performance.

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A Rebellious Brew: New York’s Tea Party of 1774
Apr
13
to Apr 14

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

Walking Tour ~ Led by Fred Cookinham

Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14
Led by Fred Cookinham

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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Book Club Meeting
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club Meeting

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates
by Eric Jay Dolin* / Hosted by Mary Tsaltas

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond.

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Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father

Presented by Peter Stark*

Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a young soldier serving the British Empire in the the Ohio Valley. Stark’s lecture will recount the wilderness trials, battles, and entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader.

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Women of the Revolutionary War
Mar
2
to Mar 30

Women of the Revolutionary War

This tour is scheduled for every Saturday in March at 1:00pm

Explore the incredible stories of women who played a pivotal role in the Revolution, from patriotic women fighting for independence, to loyalist women who fought to suppress the rebellion; and African American and Native American women who were caught in the cross fire.

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Annual Church Service
Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Annual Church Service

The Museum's parent organization Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc. is hosting its 129th Annual Church Service to celebrate, in a religious way, the anniversary of George Washington's birth and to honor Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc. members who passed away in the previous year.

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Washington's Birthday Open House
Feb
16
to Feb 18

Washington's Birthday Open House

Celebrate George Washington’s birthday and Presidents’ Day at Fraunces Tavern Museum with dollar admission!

Can't get enough Washington? Make sure to check out our Scott Gallery featuring A Stoic Countenance: Portraits of George Washington exhibition. Then, head up to the McEntee Gallery to sneak a peak of a lock of Washington's hair and a fragment of his tooth!

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Fighting for Freedom
Feb
2
to Feb 23

Fighting for Freedom

Special Guided Tour (every Saturday and Sunday in February at 1:00 and 2:00pm)

Celebrate Black History Month with this special docent-led public tour! From battles to espionage, and harrowing tales of escape, this tour emphasizes the fact that African Americans, both enslaved and free, were of critical importance in the American Revolution.

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Winter Tavern Night
Jan
27
3:30 PM15:30

Winter Tavern Night

SOLD OUT

Join us for a cozy winter evening of authentic 18th century food tastings and a lecture on the history of early American cookery! Join culinary historian Lavada Nahon as she explores the history of everyday dining of the early Republic. A tasting buffet of common 18th century dinner dishes will be paired with this talk.

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Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution

Presented by Robert Hubbard*

A colorful figure of 18th century America, Israel Putnam (1718-1790) was an important leader in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War. Hubbard’s lecture will include a discussion of Putnam’s role in the Battle of Brooklyn, the Landing at Kip’s Bay and the Battle of Harlem Heights.

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 NYC Must-See Week℠
Jan
21
to Feb 10

NYC Must-See Week℠

This year we will be participating in NYC Must-See Week! From January 21-February 10, 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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Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds Affair: a Three Part Moral and Political Account
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds Affair: a Three Part Moral and Political Account

Presented by Dianne Durante*

In this talk, Durante analyzes the social, political, and historical context of Alexander Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds, and the motivations behind Hamilton’s publishing of the affair in The Reynolds Pamphlet.

This program is brought to you in partnership with the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society.

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Book Club Meeting
Jan
8
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club Meeting

Love reading the latest book on American history? 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's Farewell
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Washington's Farewell

To commemorate Washington's emotional farewell to his officers that took place in our famous Long Room on December 4, 1783, a special reenactment of the farewell will be performed by a George Washington reenactor throughout the day in the Long Room.

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Evacuation Day Celebration
Nov
25
11:00 AM11:00

Evacuation Day Celebration

On November 25, 1783 British troops evacuated New York City, the last City to be occupied at the end of the Revolutionary War. Celebrate this momentous event in New York City's history by visiting the Museum for special programming that includes live performances by the uniformed Fifes & Drums of the Old Barracks, who will perform 18th century music that would have been played by military corps during the Revolutionary War.

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Evacuation Day Walking Tours
Nov
24
to Nov 25

Evacuation Day Walking Tours

Saturday, November 24 | 11:00am
Sunday, November 25 | 11:00am

Led by New York City Tour Guide Fred Cookinham, this tour follows 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.

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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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Book Club Meeting
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club Meeting

The Martyr and the Traitor
by Virginia DeJohn Anderson*

Love reading the latest book on American history?  Want to share your nerdy passion for the American Revolution?  This book club is for you!

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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