Monday, September 19 -23 – Special Programming
Spy Week
Fraunces Tavern Museum will be celebrating its first ever Spy Week! Special programming will be offered all week including the Nathan Hale Day Commemoration, daily espionage themed tours, and a guest lecturer. Come visit Fraunces Tavern Museum and discover the extraordinary stories of America’s very first spies! Click HERE for schedule of events.

Thursday, September 22 – Special Event
Nathan Hale Day Commemoration
Hosted by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York
12pm – 1pm
Nathan Hale was commissioned by George Washington to infiltrate the British ranks to gather information. He was discovered in September 22, 1776 and hanged for treason without trial the next morning. Join the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York as they commemorate martyred spy Nathan Hale at the foot of the Nathan Hale statue which stands at City Hall Park. The ceremony features the SRNY Color Guard, a mayoral proclamation, wreath laying, and more.

Thursday, September 22 – Evening Lecture
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives*
Presented by Kenneth C. Davis
6:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Through the powerful stories of five people enslaved by four presidents, Davis explores the role of slavery during the founding of America. The dramatic narraties of five enslaved people illuminate this denied force’s important role and tragic, shameful, and ironic history behind America’s founding. Their stories are true and they should be heard.

*Members: To reserve a seat, please email; Lecture admission includes Museum admission & light refreshments

Watch some of our past lectures filmed by C-SPAN

Saturday, September 24 – Special Event
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
Hosted by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York
12pm – 1pm
Museum Day Live!, now in its twelfth year, is a nationwide event where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket, accompanied by one guest. Get your free ticket here to take advantage of free admission.


Thursday, October 13 – Evening Lecture
Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America
Presented by Stephen Knott
6:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
In the wake of the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers faced a daunting task: overcome their competing visions to build a new nation, the likes of which the world had never seen. Knott chronicles the unlikely collaboration between two conflicting characters working together to protect their hard-won freedoms. While Washington and Hamilton’s different personalities often led to fruitful collaboration, their conflicting ideals also tested the boundaries of their relationship and threatened the future of the new republic.