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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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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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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Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

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.

Tickets will NOT be shipped in the mail. Your name will be on a check-in list at will-call. You will receive a confirmation email from Fraunces Tavern Museum with event details within 24 business hours. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you do not receive an email within that time frame.

For all Museum Member ticket purchases, please complete payment using the name on your membership card.

Refund requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance of a ticketed event for a full refund. Any refund requests made within 24 hours of an event or after the event date has occurred will not be possible.

Doors open at 6:00pm and close at 6:50pm.

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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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Spy Week Family Day
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Spy Week Family Day

There's fun for everyone on Spy Week Family Day at the Museum! Write secret messages with invisible ink, use a clothesline to send secret messages like patriot Anna Strong Smith, use a cipher wheel to decode secret messages from Benjamin Tallmadge's very own code book and meet author Claudia Friddell, who will read excerpts from her book, George Washington's Spies. 

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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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Special Lecture ~ The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Special Lecture ~ The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life

In this special Spy Week lecture, author Joyce Malcolm* explores America’s most infamous turn coat, Benedict Arnold and embark on a re-examination of one of the most complicated figures of the Revolutionary War. Why would Arnold risk his life and fortune as a war hero for the Patriot cause, ultimately commit treason as a spy?

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Sympathetic Spies: George Washington’s Eyes and Ears in Lower Manhattan
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

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.

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Culper Spy Day
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Culper Spy Day

  • Three Village Historical Society (map)
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Our Spy Week celebrations kick off with Culper Spy Day, a special partner program at the Three Village Historical Society in Setauket, Long Island. The Three Village area is full of hidden intrigue and stories of how America's first spy ring came together. Come build your own revolutionary story!

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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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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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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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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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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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