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SING WE ALL MERRILY: A Colonial Christmas

Dec 20 2016

Tuesday, December 20
Doors Open @ 6pm / Concert Begins @ 6:30pm
$12 Museum Members / $15 Public

Balladeer Linda Russell and her trio present a holiday concert that brings life to Christmas Past. Christmas was outlawed by the Puritans of New England in 1659. Yet, the Englishman, John Smith noted a very merry celebration held by the settlers of Jamestown. Christmas in Colonial times was kept – or not kept – according to one’s religious background and country of origin. This joyous and heartfelt presentation explores the traditions of the holiday in early America through English carols, American folk hymns, dance tunes and drinking songs. Quotes from diaries, poems, toasts and wassail recipes are interspersed with music played on hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle and limberjack.

Wassail refers to a variety of things in Old England. Wassail, meaning “to be in good health” or “to be fortunate” could be used to toast to a person’s health. One could also go wassailing, and sing carols from home to home. Wassail was also a drink made with spices served during the holidays. Warm-up with your own cup of Wassail when you attend the holiday concert!

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will include one wassail drink. You will be sent a confirmation email following ticket purchase.

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Having served for many years as a balladeer for the National Park Service at Federal Hall on Wall Street, the site of Washington’s inauguration, Linda Russell now takes her music to historic sites, schools, libraries and festivals throughout the country. New York City appearances have included Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. She has recorded eight albums of traditional and popular music of America’s past including: Sing We All Merrily on Rounder Records and Christmas Past on the Helicon Record label.

2016 Annual Giving Campaign

Sep 13 2016

 

Make a revolutionary difference by making a donation to our Annual Giving Campaign!





 

For over a century, Fraunces Tavern Museum has existed to tell the story of early American life and the fight for independence. In the last five years the Museum has successfully focused on fulfilling its mission, increasing our reach, and staying relevant. We have doubled our available slots for Education Programs, which is consistently reserved by New York City school teachers months in advance. And just this year, we successfully installed open access features for visitors who are hard of hearing.

But in order to continue to be successful, we need your help. Through this appeal, the first in many years, our goal is to raise $100,000 in order to provide the best and most accessible programming for the upcoming year. Your contribution will go towards strengthening our Museum programs, such as the Education Programs, monthly evening lectures, seasonal walking tours, and Museum open houses.

 

Fulfilling Our Mission

Since 2010, Museum visitorship has increased by 55%. Fraunces Tavern Museum receives government grants that help to subsidize some program expenses but not all. We rely on individual contributions to ensure all of our programs will succeed and our mission, fulfilled.


*Hurricane Sandy

Capital funding for Façade Restoration Project, completed in 2015

 

What Your Support Could Look Like

$50 could provide preservation materials for one artifact’s lifetime
$100 could enable 30 children to visit the Museum
$200 could subsidize the cost of one evening lecture
$500 could fund the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award
$1000 could feed 200 students marching in our annual Flag Day Parade

 

Will you support Fraunces Tavern Museum?





 

Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign

Jul 22 2015

 




04/27/16 UPDATE
We have received the first payment towards this campaign! Thank you to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

09/29/15 UPDATE
We have fulfilled the Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge! To date, we have raised $53,603 bringing our total funding to $641,153 (includes grant). We will continue to accept support as there are always unexpected costs when dealing with buildings that are over 200 years old.

08/05/15 UPDATE
On August 4, Governor Coumo announced that Fraunces Tavern Museum will be awarded a $587,550 grant for the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign. This grant will help cover 95% of the total project cost!

But we still need your help. Stanley and Elizabeth D. Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge must still be reached. We have already raised $33,035 to date. Please consider helping us meet the matching challenge!

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York’s Fraunces Tavern is an essential part of Lower Manhattan’s culture and American history. Museum attendance has increased in 25% within the last five years, offering a variety of monthly programming and changing exhibitions to over 25,000 annual visitors and the Restaurant is bustling with tourist and locals.

However, the scene at the Tavern was extremely different in October of 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, with winds reaching over 80 miles per hour, swept through the east coast and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses including Fraunces Tavern.

The destruction caused by the flood waters of Sandy to the historic Landmarked Tavern was staggering. Brackish and sewage water rose eleven feet above street level destroying all of the Taverns utilities systems in the basement.

For forty days, Fraunces Tavern was without electricity, heat, and communications. Led by Executive Director, Jessica B. Phillips, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York began around-the-clock efforts to restore the utilities to quickly reopen the doors to the public.

Many of the repaired damages and flood clean-up have been lasting – communications, elevator service, boiler and gas line systems, asbestos abatement, and mold treatment.

However, the building’s electrical system still needs major restoration. According to SW Engineering’s report, the Tavern’s electrical equipment may operate without any problems in the short term but its exposure to “floodwater will corrode at an accelerated rate” ultimately increasing the likelihood of future fires and/or service failures.

The Society must replace all flooded electrical components (wiring, conduits, fixtures, overcurrent devices and switchgear) in order to prevent future fires due to corrosion. This massive and necessary project will cost $614,500.

It would be devastating if a fire were to occur in the five wood framed historic buildings that make up the Fraunces Tavern complex. The safety of the visitors, staff, and history are a top priority for the Society. Honorary Past President and major Museum supporter, Stanley D. Scott understands the urgency of this project. Along with his wife, Elizabeth, the Scotts have generously promised to match up to $50,000 of contributions made to the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Replacement Project.

This coming October will mark the three year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Will you join us in keeping Fraunces Tavern safe and accessible?

 




 

 

Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War

Jun 17 2016

John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945) was a realistic and accurate genre painter focused on the American Revolution and Early Republic. His work kept the spirit of the struggle alive for the nation in the early 20th Century. Through a chronological display of the Revolutionary War this exhibition returns 47 recently conserved paintings to their rightful place in the iconography of American culture. Come and enjoy a part of the nation’s historical imagery.

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The Spirit of ’76 by John W. Dunsmore – Collection of Fraunces Tavern® Museum

This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous grant support of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ends June 2018