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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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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Winter Tavern Night
Jan
27
3:30 PM15:30

Winter Tavern Night

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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Fighting for Freedom
Feb
2
to Feb 23

Fighting for Freedom

This tour is scheduled for 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 present, active, and of critical importance in the American Revolution

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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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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 whose future and security were caught in the cross fire.

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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 flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Stark’s lecture will recount the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader.

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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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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

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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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