Thursday, May 21 – Evening Lecture*
The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties**
Presented by Carol Berkin
Revered today for articulating America’s founding principles, the Bill of Rights was a political stratagem executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the Federal government, and the latter’s authority over the states. By pulling back the curtain on the political, short-sighted, and self-interested intentions of the Founding Fathers in passing the Bill of Rights, Berkin reveals the inherent weakness in these arguments and what it means for our country today.

Friday, May 22 – Exhibition Opening
The Loeb Gallery will feature the Museum’s collection of artifacts relating to the Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de Lafayette. These objects include a pair of dueling pistols, his General’s sash, portraits and commemorative items from his American victory tour in 1824.

Thursday, June 11 – Evening Lecture
The Hidden History of America at War
Presented by Kenneth C. CDavis
Some 240 years after the American Revolution began, the well known events and heroes associated with the birth of the United States have become part of America’s legacy, but is it history or a convenient myth? Reaching beyond the simple, sanitized version of the nation’s beginnings to get at the “hidden history,” Davis will discuss the real story of Washington at Yorktown and reveal the truth behind the idealized version of military history he calls the “Minuteman Myth.”

Friday, June 12 – Flag Day Parade
Hosted by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York
12pm – Parade begins (City Hall steps)
12:30pm – Flag Day Ceremony (in front of Fraunces Tavern)
Flag-waving participants from 60 different organizations such as the NYPD, FDNY, and various societies, march through Lower Manhattan to celebrate Flag Day. The parade begins at City Hall and concludes with festivities in front of Fraunces Tavern Museum, including students reading their winning essays of What the American Flag Means to Me.

Friday, June 12-14 – Open House
$1 Museum Admission all weekend

Tuesday, June 16 – Lunchtime Lecture
Evacuation Day: New York’s Forgotten Patriotic Holiday
Presented by James Kaplan
12:30pm – Free with Museum admission
On November 25, 1783, the British evacuated New York City, their last base in the United States. To celebrate, George Washington marched down Broadway to Bowling Green, where the American flag was raised, marking the official end of the American Revolution. For more than 100 years thereafter, “Evacuation Day” was considered a patriotic holiday in New York, second only to July 4th. Today, the holiday has been largely forgotten but there are enthusiastic efforts to revive it.

Tuesday, June 23 – 2nd Annual Night at the Museums
Fraunces Tavern and a dozen Lower Manhattan museums are keeping their doors open late for a special night of cultural discovery! Historical musician Linda Russell will fill the Flag Gallery with ballads as instructors from the Tricorne Dance Ensemble teach guests popular social dances from the Colonial Era. Details to come at

Friday, July 3 – Walking Tour
A Toast to History: Independence Eve
8pm – 10:30 (Happy Hour at the Tavern starts at 8pm, tour begins at 9pm)
Led by Jennifer Patton
Cost: $25/General admission; $20/Museum Members
(Ticket price includes a pint of Samuel Fraunces Ale to enjoy at the Tavern before tour starts)
Created as a condensed version of our traditional July 4th walking tour with a social ‘twist,’ spend the evening of July 3rd strolling the streets of the Financial District with FTM’s very own Director of Education and Public Programs to learn about the City’s rich Revolutionary War history. Whether you are a novice or history buff, you’ll be sure to walk away with a new fact or two to drop while celebrating the 4th with friends and family the next day. dvanced ticket purchase required.

Saturday, July 4 – Walking Tour
Annual Revolutionary War New York Nighttime Tour
3am – 7am
Led by James Kaplan
Cost: $20/General admission; $15/Museum Members
For the 13th year in a row, join veteran guide James S. Kaplan & learn about important Revolutionary War heroes, some of which are buried in Lower Manhattan. Watching the early morning sun rise from Trinity Church, you’ll be fascinated to discover just how pivotal New York City was throughout the war for independence. Advanced ticket purchase required.

*Members: To reserve a seat, please email
**Doors open at 6pm – Lecture begins at 6:30pm; Lecture Admission: $10; FREE FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS
Includes Museum admission & light refreshments

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