Washington & Hamilton in New York City
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Washington & Hamilton in New York City

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 ~ 11:00am-1:00pm
Walking Tour / Led by Bruce Racond

American history comes alive on the streets “where it happened” as you find yourself in historic locations critical to the lives and partnership of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. This is an immersive tour for lovers of United States’ history and the musical Hamilton!

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Spy Week
Sep
14
to Sep 21

Spy Week

Join us  September 14-21 for our fourth annual Spy Week; 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. 

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Revolutionary Spies
Sep
14
to Sep 21

Revolutionary Spies

Guided Tour ~ Included with Museum admission

Explore the history of Revolutionary spies at the Museum! Learn about the tools of the trade for a spymaster, the creation of America’s very first spy ring, and hear the stories of some of the men and women who put their lives in danger for their cause- Nathan Hale, Benjamin Tallmadge, and Lydia Darragh.

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Sympathetic Spies: George Washington’s Eyes and Ears in Lower Manhattan
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Sympathetic Spies: George Washington’s Eyes and Ears in Lower Manhattan

Walking Tour led by Lucie Levine

Join Archive on Parade founder Lucie Levine as she retraces the steps of Washington’s master spies, who operated in Lower Manhattan. Discover who peddled the first fake news, meet the tailor who saved Washington’s life twice, and find out what Eagles, Turtles, and Vultures have to do with turncoats and saboteurs.

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How The Spies Did It
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

How The Spies Did It

Special Lecture presented by Norman Goben*

Join us for a look at how spies communicated during the Revolutionary War! In this interactive lecture, historical interpreter Norman Goben will explore the successes and failures of Patriot spy rings and demonstrate their methods of communications.

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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

FREE ADMISSION

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.  Special events at the Museum that day include a variety of programs for our Spy Week Family Day.

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Spy Week Family Day
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Spy Week Family Day

*Included with regular Museum Admission

Learn how to be a member of the Culper Spy Ring with author Claudia Friddell! Visit interactive spy stations to learn how to write with invisible ink, use a clothesline to send secret messages like patriot Anna Smith Strong, and use a cipher to crack a code from Benjamin Tallmadge’s code book.

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A Monument to Memory
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

A Monument to Memory

Guided Tour

Celebrate the 300th anniversary of the construction of Fraunces Tavern, one of the oldest sites in New York City. This tour will take your through our new exhibition, A Monument to Memory: 300 Years of Living History, to explore the history of 54 Pearl Street, its significance to the American Revolutionary era, and the efforts to restore and preserve the building.

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The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Evening lecture 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.

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Washington's War 1779
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Washington's War 1779

Evening Lecture presented by Benjamin Huggins*

In this lecture, Huggins will explore George Washington’s relatively unknown generalship. Focusing on 1779, this lecture will highlight several lesser-known aspects of Washington’s leadership in the Revolution: the rouser-in-chief, urging his countrymen to recover the spirit of ’76 and take action to support the army; his diplomacy; his military aggressiveness; and his plan to drive the British from New York City and end the war in 1779.

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The Life & Death of Alexander Hamilton
Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

The Life & Death of Alexander Hamilton

Just one day after his notorious duel with Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton died on July 12, 1804. Fraunces Tavern Museum will commemorate the life and death of Hamilton with an evening of special programming. Join us at Trinity Church as we memorialize Hamilton with a reading of his eulogy at his gravesite and speak with Eliza Hamilton, portrayed by Kim Hanley of The American Historical Theatre, about her husband’s legacy, accompanied by a Revolutionary War tour of the churchyard.

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Book Club Meeting
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club Meeting

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

Hosted by Mary Tsaltas / (Doors open @ 5:30pm)

Wren overturns the myth of Ethan Allen as a legendary hero of the American Revolution and a patriotic son of Vermont and offers a different portrait of Allen and his Green Mountain Boys. Based on original archival research, join us for a discussion of this new account of an important and little-known front of the Revolutionary War, of George Washington (and his good sense), and of a major American myth.

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The American Revolution: Dawn of Independence
Jul
4
6:00 AM06:00

The American Revolution: Dawn of Independence

SOLD OUT

Celebrate America’s independence on this two-hour, early morning 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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A Toast to History: Independence Eve
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

A Toast to History: Independence Eve

Walking Tour ~ Led by Ellen Baird

SOLD OUT

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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