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Nathan Hale Day

Sep 22 2016


Nathan Hale Day

Thursday, September 22, 2016
12pm – 1pm
FREE
Open to public

Every year, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York commemorate martyred spy Nathan Hale at the foot of the Nathan Hale statue located in City Hall Park. This year showed an excellent turn-out and great enthusiasm by attendees, which included a group from the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. The VCA and SRNY Color Guards presented flags and laid wreaths in honor of the fallen patriot.

Disguised as a Dutch school teacher, Nathan Hale attempted to infiltrate the British ranks to gather British military intelligence regarding the situation on Long Island for General George Washington. Hale was discovered on the night of September 21, 1776 and brought before General William Howe, Commander in Chief of the British Army, at his headquarters at the Beekman mansion (approximately 51st Street and First Avenue). Hale graduated from Yale in 1773 and was teaching in Connecticut when the Revolution began.

The Statue of Nathan Hale, by Frederick MacMonnies (1863-1937), was presented to New York City by the Sons of the Revolution on November 25, 1893. MacMonnies’ statute of Nathan Hale stands at Broadway and the edge of New York City Hall Park. The sculptor portrayed the 20-year-old Patriot at the moment before dawn on the day of his hanging, September 22, 1776. The statue shows Hale standing on the gallows platform awaiting the hangman’s noose. It was the moment when Hale had just pronounced the words attributed to him, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

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

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?