Special Lunchtime Lecture, June 18th | Walking Tour, July 4
Special Evening Lectures
All Lectures Begin At 6:30pm*
Cost: $10/ free for FTM members
Includes Museum admission & light refreshments
Thursday, May 9th
Presented by Nancy Rubin Stuart†
Two wealthy Revolutionary-era teenagers defy their parents & marry political radicals. The first, Lucy Flucker of Boston, weds a poor bookbinder named Henry Knox. The second, a blonde Philadelphia belle, Peggy Shippen, weds military hero Benedict Arnold. Their lives are changed forever as one be-comes a patriot while the other becomes a spy. Drawing from never before published correspondence, Stuart traces the evolution of these women from passion-ate girls to mature matrons, bringing both women from the sidelines of history to its vital center.
The Rhode Island Campaign
The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War
Thursday, June 13th
Presented by Christian McBurney†
On July 29th, 1778, a powerful French naval squadron sailed confidently to the entrance of Narragansett Bay. Its appearance commenced the first joint French and American campaign of the Revolutionary War. The goal was to capture the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island. After the striking patriot victory at Saratoga and the Continentals’ confidence from training throughout the winter at Valley Forge, this campaign was sure to be a complex and dynamic story, complete with a fascinating cast of characters such as Count d'Estaing, John Sullivan, Nathaniel Greene, Lafayette, John Hancock and Paul Revere.
The Men Who Lost America
British Leadership & The Revolution
Thursday, July 11th
Presented by Andrew O’Shaughnessy†
The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in Britain must have been to blame, but were they? Victories were frequent, and in fact the British conquered every American city at some stage of the Revolutionary War. Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men who directed the British dimension of the war, this intriguing new work dispels the incompetence myth and uncovers the real reasons that rebellious colonials were able to achieve their surprising victory.
Washington’s Defeat At Brandywine
Thursday, August 15th
Presented by Bruce Mowday†
On September 11th, 1777, General George Washington lined his troops along the east branch of the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, as he prepared to defend the city of Philadelphia against the British army of General William Howe. The day turned into a disaster for Washington as a British plan almost trapped Washington’s troops. British officers contended that if they had one more hour of daylight that day the Rebel army would have ceased to exist. Mowday spent six years researching and writing this book on the largest land battle of the war and will talk about Washington’s close brush with death.
Special Lunchtime Lecture:
Revolutionary Generals Buried in Lower Manhattan
Tuesday, June 18th at 12:30pm
Presented by James S. Kaplan
Free with Museum admission
The grounds of Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel have long been the final resting place for several important Revolutionary War military heroes. Some of these heroes, such as Alexander Hamilton & Richard Montgomery, are well known & are commemo-rated in large eye-catching monuments. Other equally important heroes, such as Horatio Gates & Marinus Willet, may easily be missed at first glance. Learn the fascinating history behind those buried on these historic grounds as well as the story behind the erection of their monuments, in which some are more recent than you would expect.
Revolutionary War New York Nighttime Tour
Thursday, July 4th from 3am – 7am
For the 11th year in a row, join veteran guide James S. Kaplan & learn little known facts 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.
Walking Tour Tickets are $20/$15 for Members & must be purchased in advance here.
Once your tickets have been purchased, you will be emailed a confirmation receipt & the starting location of the tour.
*Doors open at 6pm - Reservations available for Museum members only. Contact email@example.com to reserve a seat.
† Books will be available for purchase - discounts apply for Museum members
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