Fraunces Tavern Museum hosts a monthly lecture series with topics relating to its mission by esteemed experts, authors, and historians.*
Evening Lecture Admission:
$5 / Museum Members
$10 / Public Ticket
Doors open at 6:00pm and lectures begin at 6:30pm. Doors will close at 6:50pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance and include refreshments. Seat reservations are only available to Museum Members.
Please Note: PayPal will send an immediate purchase confirmation via email. Tickets will NOT be shipped in the mail and customer’s names will be on a check-in roster at Will Call. Customers will receive an additional confirmation email with event details by Fraunces Tavern Museum within 24 business hours. Advance online ticket sales will end @ 5pm on the day of the lecture. Tickets can still be purchased at the door
If you have recently published a book relating to the Museum's mission and would like to speak at the Museum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you miss one of our evening lectures? Recordings of our past lectures are now available online for listening or downloading.
Thursday, August 29
Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
Presented by Christian Di Spigna*
Little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, and his incendiary writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence. Di Spigna will discuss the primary source documents and artifacts he uncovered in the 20 years he spent researching, shedding new light on Warren’s private life and public career.
Purchase tickets here.
Thursday, September 12
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Presented by Victoria Johnson*
When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to both men, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Sir Joseph Banks, and Alexander von Humboldt. In this lecture, Johnson explores how Hosack used his pioneering institution to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists, and to conduct some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States.
Tickets for this lecture will go on sale August 30.
Thursday, October 24
The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
Presented by Josh Mensch*
In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these trusted soldiers took part in a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: Washington himself. Drawing on extensive research, Mensch will discuss how Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world, but also uncovered the secret plot against him.
Tickets for this lecture will go on sale September 13.