Thursday, October 8 – Evening Lecture
The Spirit of ’74 – How the American Revolution Began*
Presented by Ray Raphael
6:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Americans know about the Boston Tea Party and “the shot heard round the world,” but sixteen months divided these two iconic events and it is a period nearly lost to history. Ray Raphael’s new book fills in this gap in the country’s founding narrative, showing how real people made a revolution, step by step, in these mislaid months.

Thursday, November 12 – Evening Lecture
The Washingtons: George and Martha, “Joined by Friendship, Crown’d by Love”*
Presented by Flora Fraser
6:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
A socially awkward young soldier woos and wins the heart of a charming (and very rich) young widow. Beginning with the early years of their marriage at Mount Vernon, their time together would behold a life of two determined figures who endured great hardships, joys, and immortal fame.

Wednesday, November 18 – Special Event
Celebrating New York City’s Forgotten Independence Day!
Hosted by NYS Archives Partnership Trust & Fraunces Tavern Museum
Trust & Museum Members Event Only
6pm – 8pm
Celebrate New York’s own Independence Day on November 18th at historic Fraunces Tavern in New York. Known as Evacuation Day, this holiday was once considered New York’s equivalent of Independence Day and marks the withdrawal of the British from New York City in 1783. Please join us at a unique members only New York event! More details to be announced.

Saturday, November 21 – Walking Tour
Evacuation Day Walking Tour
Led by Fred Cookinham
11am – 1pm
$15/Museum Mebers; $20
New York City had been the main base for the British for over seven years of war. On November 25, 1783, they filed onto their ships to leave for good; the War for Independence was finally over. Led by New York City Tour Guide, Fred Cookinham, you will follow in the footsteps of General Washington and his troops as they entered New York in triumph. Learn about the people and sites of New York and what it was like to be caught up in a revolution. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets here. Ticket sales will end on November 20 or until sold out. Starting location will be provided on confirmation email.

Monday, November 23Special Event
Evacuation Day Dinner
Hosted by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York
Early bird tickets (October 19/23): $100
Regular tickets: $125
After the British evacuated New York City, Governor George Clinton honored George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief, with a banquet held in Fraunces Tavern. Join the SRNY as they continue this tradition with the original thirteen toasts that celebrated a new country and served as a “lesson to Princes.” Get your tickets early for this popular event!

Thursday, December 3 – Special Event
Washington’s Farewell
Exclusive Museum Members Event
6:30pm – 8:30pm
On December 4, 1783, nine days after the last British soldiers left American soil, General George Washington gathered in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern with his officers and delivered an emotional farewell. As document in Benjamin Tallmadge’s memoir, General Washington told his officers, ‘With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you. I most devoutly with that your latter days may be as a prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.’ The memoir is part of the Museum’s collection and is currently on exhibit in the Mesick Gallery.
Museum Members will spend this evening with drink, food, and a reading from Tallmadge’s memoir by a historical reenactor. Members must RSVP by November 26. Please send RSVP to

Thursday, December 17 – Evening Lecture
The Henry Burbeck Papers: From the American Revolution to the Present*
Presented by Cheney J. Schopieray
6:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Henry Burbeck joined the American artillery service in the weeks following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, serving almost uninterrupted for the next 40 years. From 1802 to 1815, Burbeck held the title of service. The Curator of Manuscripts from the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor will be leading a discussion about Brigadier General Burbeck and the Clements Library’s recent acquisition of over 2,300 letters and documents pertinent to the life and career of this dedicated military officer.

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

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