April 2017

Thursday, April 20 – Evening Lecture
Beyond the Christian Nation Question: Religion and the FOunding of the United States
Presented by Spencer McBride
6:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
McBride will describe the actual role religion played in the founding of the United States by examining the political activism of clergymen during the Revolution and in the Early Republic. Why did many clergymen oppose the Revolution and the Constitution on religious grounds? How did political leaders use religious rhetoric to obtain and maintain power? The answers to these questions will fundamentally change the way we understand America’s political and cultural origins.

April 20 Lecture*


Saturday, April 22 & April 23 – Walking Tour
A Rebellious Brew: New York’s Tea Party of 1774
Led by Fred Cookinham
11:00am – 1:00pm
Museum Members: $15
Regular Ticket: $20
Boston was not the only Colonial city to have a ‘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 New York City was so late in the game to revel in patriotic spirit.

Once your tickets have been purchased, you will be emailed a confirmation receipt and the starting location of the tour.


May 2017

Thursday, May 4 – Evening Lecture
The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution
Presented by Michael Klarman
6:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Klarman will discuss why the Philadelphia convention wrote a much more nationalizing and democracy-constraining constitution than most Americans wanted or desired, and how they managed to convince Americans to approve it.

May 4 Lecture*


Thursday, May 5 – Special Lecture
Benjamin Franklin in London: From British Royalist to American Patriot
Presented by George Goodwin
6:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
For four-fifths of his long life Benjamin Franklin regarded himself as British. Living in London for the best part of two decades, he sought to bring Great Britain and US colonies more firmly together. But his plans were rejected by Lord North’s government and in March 1775 he was forced to flee and to make a momentous decision.

May 5 Lecture*


June 2017

Wednesday, June 14 – Special Event
Flag Day Celebration
Hosted by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Flag-waving participants from elementary schools, historical and genealogical societies, the NYPD, and the FDNY march through Lower Manhattan to celebrate Flag Day. A grand stand ceremony and festivities will take place in front of Fraunces Tavern. For more information, email


Tuesday, June 20 – Special Event
Night at the Museums
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Spend a summer evening visiting the 15 excitingly diverse museums and historic sites in Lower Manhattan — all for free. Learn about New York City’s history, discover new heritages, and enjoy discounts at local restaurants. Participants can snap a souvenir photo in the Colonial Costume Photo booth, and children can create their own flags!

Visit for details and a map of participating locations.


Thursday, June 22 – Evening Lecture
Boston’s Massacre
Presented by Eric Hinderaker
6:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Explore the background of the shootings that are remembered as the “Boston Massacre.” Learn how they became an icon of American independence and consider their evolving significance in American culture.

June 22 Lecture*



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