Independence Day Walking Tours

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Looking for a unique way to spend the holiday weekend?

Join one of the following Independence Day Walking Tours, led by New York City Tour Guide, Ellen Baird!

Discover the Revolutionary War history in Lower Manhattan. Explore the sites and learn the history of the crucial events that took place in the streets of lower Manhattan before, during and after the American War of Independence, from the Stamp Act Riots to New York’s Tea Party, from the Sugar House prisons to George Washington’s farewell to his troops at Fraunces Tavern. These tours are designed for novices and history buffs alike.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Once tickets are purchased, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 business hours that will provide you with the starting location of the walking tour.

A Toast to History: Independence Eve
Friday, June 30, 2017
6:30pm-8:30pm
Museum Members: $20 / Public $25
This ticket will include a free drink ticket to Fraunces Tavern Restaurant & Bar where you can toast to the Revolution!

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The American Revolution: Dawn of Independence
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
6:00am-8:00am
Museum Members: $15 / Public $20

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Flag Day 2017

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Please join us in celebrating the 240th anniversary of the American flag Wednesday, June 14!

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York and Fraunces Tavern Museum invite you to join us in celebrating the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag! Our annual Flag Day Parade steps off from City Hall and concludes with a ceremony at Fraunces Tavern.

The Parade will begin at 12 noon, departing from City Hall Park, proceeding south on Broadway heading towards historic Fraunces Tavern and the Flag Day Ceremony Stand at the corner of Broad and Pearl Streets. At the Stand, there will be ceremonies, with songs performed by schoolchildren, proclamations, and recitations honoring “Old Glory.”
The Parade will also feature hundreds of New York City school children, color guards from the Armed Forces, contingents from the New York City Fire and Sanitation Departments, and many of the City’s oldest historical and patriotic societies.

Fraunces Tavern Museum will be reducing its admission to $1 on Flag Day ( June 14).

How to march in the parade:

  1. If you are an organization, fill out this FORM. (pdf format available upon request)
  2. If you are part of a school, fill out this FORM. (pdf format available upon request)
  3. Send you marching donation ($20 per marching group) to: Sons of the Revolution, 54 Pearl St., NY NY 10004 or pay online here:




Your donation is 100% tax deductible for the year 2017.

Check out photos from previous Flag Days!

Students from PS 2

Members of the SRNY proudly displaying American and Continental flags

Members of the SRNY proudly displaying American and Continental flags

A student choir stands in front of a five-story sized flag drawn outside Fraunces Tavern

NYC Dept of Sanitation Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society

NYC Dept of Sanitation Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society

 

2016 Annual Giving Campaign

Thank you for supporting Fraunces Tavern Museum!

This year, we raised $9,365 to support the Museum’s Education and Public Programs. Thank you to those who contributed and for keeping history alive!

 

Make a revolutionary difference by making a donation to our Annual Giving Campaign!





 

For over a century, Fraunces Tavern Museum has existed to tell the story of early American life and the fight for independence. In the last five years the Museum has successfully focused on fulfilling its mission, increasing our reach, and staying relevant. We have doubled our available slots for Education Programs, which is consistently reserved by New York City school teachers months in advance. And just this year, we successfully installed open access features for visitors who are hard of hearing.

But in order to continue to be successful, we need your help. Through this appeal, the first in many years, our goal is to raise $100,000 in order to provide the best and most accessible programming for the upcoming year. Your contribution will go towards strengthening our Museum programs, such as the Education Programs, monthly evening lectures, seasonal walking tours, and Museum open houses.

 

Fulfilling Our Mission

Since 2010, Museum visitorship has increased by 55%. Fraunces Tavern Museum receives government grants that help to subsidize some program expenses but not all. We rely on individual contributions to ensure all of our programs will succeed and our mission, fulfilled.


*Hurricane Sandy

Capital funding for Façade Restoration Project, completed in 2015

 

What Your Support Could Look Like

$50 could provide preservation materials for one artifact’s lifetime
$100 could enable 30 children to visit the Museum
$200 could subsidize the cost of one evening lecture
$500 could fund the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award
$1000 could feed 200 students marching in our annual Flag Day Parade

 

Will you support Fraunces Tavern Museum?





 

Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War

John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945) was a realistic and accurate genre painter focused on the American Revolution and Early Republic. His work kept the spirit of the struggle alive for the nation in the early 20th Century. Through a chronological display of the Revolutionary War this exhibition returns 47 recently conserved paintings to their rightful place in the iconography of American culture. Come and enjoy a part of the nation’s historical imagery.

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The Spirit of ’76 by John W. Dunsmore – Collection of Fraunces Tavern® Museum

This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous grant support of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ends June 2018

Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign

 




04/27/16 UPDATE
We have received the first payment towards this campaign! Thank you to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

09/29/15 UPDATE
We have fulfilled the Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge! To date, we have raised $53,603 bringing our total funding to $641,153 (includes grant). We will continue to accept support as there are always unexpected costs when dealing with buildings that are over 200 years old.

08/05/15 UPDATE
On August 4, Governor Coumo announced that Fraunces Tavern Museum will be awarded a $587,550 grant for the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign. This grant will help cover 95% of the total project cost!

But we still need your help. Stanley and Elizabeth D. Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge must still be reached. We have already raised $33,035 to date. Please consider helping us meet the matching challenge!

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York’s Fraunces Tavern is an essential part of Lower Manhattan’s culture and American history. Museum attendance has increased in 25% within the last five years, offering a variety of monthly programming and changing exhibitions to over 25,000 annual visitors and the Restaurant is bustling with tourist and locals.

However, the scene at the Tavern was extremely different in October of 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, with winds reaching over 80 miles per hour, swept through the east coast and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses including Fraunces Tavern.

The destruction caused by the flood waters of Sandy to the historic Landmarked Tavern was staggering. Brackish and sewage water rose eleven feet above street level destroying all of the Taverns utilities systems in the basement.

For forty days, Fraunces Tavern was without electricity, heat, and communications. Led by Executive Director, Jessica B. Phillips, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York began around-the-clock efforts to restore the utilities to quickly reopen the doors to the public.

Many of the repaired damages and flood clean-up have been lasting – communications, elevator service, boiler and gas line systems, asbestos abatement, and mold treatment.

However, the building’s electrical system still needs major restoration. According to SW Engineering’s report, the Tavern’s electrical equipment may operate without any problems in the short term but its exposure to “floodwater will corrode at an accelerated rate” ultimately increasing the likelihood of future fires and/or service failures.

The Society must replace all flooded electrical components (wiring, conduits, fixtures, overcurrent devices and switchgear) in order to prevent future fires due to corrosion. This massive and necessary project will cost $614,500.

It would be devastating if a fire were to occur in the five wood framed historic buildings that make up the Fraunces Tavern complex. The safety of the visitors, staff, and history are a top priority for the Society. Honorary Past President and major Museum supporter, Stanley D. Scott understands the urgency of this project. Along with his wife, Elizabeth, the Scotts have generously promised to match up to $50,000 of contributions made to the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Replacement Project.

This coming October will mark the three year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Will you join us in keeping Fraunces Tavern safe and accessible?

 




 

 

NEW EXHIBITION: “Give Me Liberty”

August 28, 2014 – New York, NY – Fraunces Tavern Museum is pleased to announce “Give Me Liberty,” a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw. In this site-specific exhibition, Shaw invokes imagery of early American statehood in media ranging from oil on panel to collaged holograms, security envelopes, and other mediums. Give Me Liberty will be on view from September 10, 2014 through March 16, 2015.

Challenged by the contextual significance of exhibiting in Manhattan’s oldest surviving structure, a space which figures prominently in the Revolutionary era history and now serves as a monument to American history, Shaw engages with the Museum’s permanent collection by taking liberties with the stock images of the Revolution, reanimating and re-envisioning them through a twenty-first century lens.

Many of the featured works continue Shaw’s series of security envelope collages. Adopting the envelopes as an artistic medium, Shaw engages both their ascribed function as security devices—dividing interior from exterior, public from private—as well as the envelope’s status as a nearly bygone technology, an analog buffer in world of digital encryption.

“Shaw’s work brings unique imagery to the historic house museum audience. The visually captivating pieces allow viewers a special perspective to today’s remembrance of our nation’s founding years.” says Jessica Baldwin Phillips, Museum Executive Director.

Sylvanus Shaw
Sylvanus Shaw (b. 1979, Houston, TX) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been shown at the Salon Art + Design Fair, International Fine Arts and Antiques Dealers Show, International Art & Design Fair, and the National Arts Club. He was an H. W. Jansen Scholar in art history at New York University where he received his B.A. with honors in Fine Arts. He is a Pushcart Prize nominated author whose writings have appeared in Zingmagazine, SpringGun, Lilies and Cannonball Review, and Aufgabe. In addition to his visual work, Shaw is working on a collection of design furniture which will be released in the spring of 2015. www.sylvanusylvania.com

Give Me Liberty Press Release

Loeb Book Sale

An American Experience: Adeline Moses Loeb and Her Early American Jewish Ancestors

 

With an introduction by Eli N. Evans
Contributors: John L. Loeb Jr., Kathy L. Plotkin, Margaret Loeb Kempner, Judith E. Endelman


 

This generational family memoir is presented in three stand-alone sections salted with full-color early American portraits, genealogical trees, historical maps, and family photographs.

In Ambassador Loeb’s appended essay, “Anatomy of Patriotism” is a reminder that we are a nation of immigrants whose experiment in diversity and tolerance has succeeded beyond even its founders’ wildest dreams.

“A model for genealogists, a gift to historians, and a treasure for anyone who loves American portraiture, this magnificently produced volume sets a new standard for family history. It reveals much not only about John L. Loeb Jr., Adeline Moses Loeb, and the ancestors who shaped them, but also about their American Jewish experience as a whole, from its early colonial beginnings.”

– Jonathan Sarna
Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

$50 $15* (not including shipping and handling)
All proceeds from this book sale will directly benefit Fraunces Tavern Museum.




*$15 of your contribution will be tax deductible.

Fraunces Tavern Façade Restoration Project

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 UPDATE – It is with great pleasure that we announce the successful completion of the Fraunces Tavern Restoration Campaign! Thank you to everybody who contributed to or shared this important campaign. With your help, we raised $55,350 for this $325,000 capital campaign! All contributions were matched 100% by the SRNY.

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Among massive skyscrapers at the southern tip of Manhattan, 54 Pearl Street has stood since 1719. Fraunces Tavern, a New York City Landmarked building and part of the National Registered Fraunces Tavern Historic Block, was opened by the non-profit public charity, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc. (SRNY) to the public as a restaurant and museum in 1907. Made up of five historic buildings, the Tavern houses the Museum, over 5,000 historic artifacts, museum offices, a Revolutionary War replica flag collection, and more.

The SRNY have been maintaining Fraunces Tavern, since 1904. Preserving five historic buildings built between 1829 and 1907 has been a challenge and privilege. Each building needs regular maintenance and occasional capital improvements. These improvements are ongoing for the life of the buildings.

The most recent capital need is for the facades of the 24 & 26 Water Street and 58 Pearl Street buildings.

24 Water Street: The 1862 cast iron and aluminum façade exhibits peeling paint, deteriorated original cast iron architectural decoration, and brick damage behind the metal.

26 Water Street: The 1828 brick façade needs repairs to the stone cornices, window sills, bluestone lintels, and wooden window panes.

58 Pearl Street: The 1831 brick façade requires replacement of bluestone lintels, removing, replacing, and repointing the brick around window areas and the sealing of the window perimeters.

Restoration started in mid-June of 2014 and will cost a total of $325,000.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF FRAUNCES TAVERN FACADE RESTORATION PROJECT SUPPORTERS

Defining Lines: Maps From the 1700s and Early 1800s

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Now Open!

Fraunces Tavern Museum announces its newest exhibition, Defining Lines: Maps From the 1700s and Early 1800s.

Come explore the landscapes of America’s early history, as seen in maps of the 1700s and early 1800s. This exhibit examines the detailed depictions of an emerging nation as portrayed by cartographers. The 27 exhibited maps provide a wider perspective to the evolving nation’s place in history, including a never before seen map from 1804 depicting the United States’ postal routes.

This exhibit is made possible, in part, through the generous support of Dr. Michael C. Wolf, Sons of the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc.

Defining Lines Press Release

An Investigation of the Paranormal at the Museum

For many, thinking about ghosts and spiritual entities isn’t just a seasonal thing, it is a year-round activity. This past summer we were contacted by Ron Hilgers and Bradley Maurer who wanted to conduct a paranormal investigation at the Museum.

For three hours, starting at 9pm, Director of Education and Public Programs, Jennifer Patton, led them and their team of investigators around our galleries, offices, and storage spaces, to see what they could find. During the investigation, nothing came close to leaving a streak of white in Jennifer’s hair, but by the end of the night, there were definitely some moments that had no rational explanation. How did a stationary video camera turn off on its own when fresh batteries were just put in? Was it just coincidence that a voice from a spirit box immediately responded to our questions of what year it was?

This past month, the Museum staff finally listened to the audio recordings Ron and Bradley had analyzed and it seems that Fraunces Tavern holds a fair amount of paranormal activity within its walls. Although not apparent to the human eye or ear, the investigation captured some intriguing EVPs and mysterious EMF readings.

So why would a place like Fraunces Tavern hold this kind of phenomena? When it comes to older buildings, Ron believes that more paranormal activity are likely to occur due to their history over time. For Fraunces Tavern specifically, the EVPs suggest that 54 Pearl Street is a place that entities enjoyed visiting during their lifetime and either left a residual presence or is still a present entity that responded directly to our questions. Ron, who has been investigating the paranormal for over 20 years, is very interested in coming back to do further investigation in the Long Room. We’re excited to find out what else could be revealed during their next visit!

You be the judge of whether or not ghosts or spirits of the past linger in the Museum.

Are you dead or alive?

 

What year is it? (Jennifer says that she heard the response more clearly when she was there that night than in this clip.)

 

I kill. I pray.

 

A clip not from the spirit box. When questioning the paranormal, it was dead silent. But when we listened to the audio afterwards, there’s tapping that we definitely didn’t make or hear ourselves. What do you think we heard?

 

Another clip not from the spirit box, asking about the British occupation in the city. Quietly, somebody or something says, “It was awful…” 

 

The man walking through the gallery is an investigator. As soon as he leaves the empty gallery, the lights go out without any explanation and come back on a couple minutes later.

 

Ron Hilgers can be contacted at ron.hilgers@gmail.com.