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Colonial Period

First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee
and the Call to Independence
A lecture presented by Harlow Giles Unger Thursday, February 22
6:30pm

Unger will describe the life and career of Richard Henry Lee, the first Founding Father to call for American Independence from Britain. Learn about how Lee masterminded the political and diplomatic victories that ensured Washington’s military victory.

Fraunces Tavern® Museum, Davis Flag Gallery
(Doors open at 6pm)

Purchase tickets here.
$5 Museum Members
$10 Public Ticket
Includes Museum admission and light refreshments.

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Seat reservations available for Museum members only, please emaildevelopment@frauncestavernmuseum.org to reserve your seat
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by William M. Hoffman and Anthony Holland

In partnership with Frontline Productions

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Join us for a glimpse into the early history of colonial New York with this stage reading about New York City in 1708 – a time of chaos and political passion.

The Dutch are still seething from the British takeover, and Lord Cornbury, considered a buffoon in
British circles, is sent to the colonies by his cousin, Queen Anne, to be Governor of New York and New Jersey. He has no interest in government and at his first public appearance he wears a dress; which causes controversy to ensue.

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DATE AND TIME

Mon, February 12, 2018

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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LOCATION

Institute Of Culinary Education

225 Liberty Street

3rd Floor

New York, NY 10281

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New York City has been a hub of chocolate manufacturing for centuries. In the mid-1700s, small, independent producers ground cocoa beans for local neighborhoods; later, chocolate was produced in mills that also turned out flour, mustard, oils, and paints; and in the nineteenth century, chocolate manufacturers clustered in lower Manhattan, creating a golden age of chocolate production in New York. But as smaller firms were absorbed by larger ones, and as manufacturing of all kinds left Manhattan, chocolate manufacturing disappeared, only to return decades later with the recent rise of small-batch craft producers. Michael Laiskonis will discuss how chocolate making in New York came full circle.

A chocolate tasting will precede the talk.

Michael Laiskonis was Executive Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin restaurant for eight years. He teaches and mentors future chefs, writes about food, and consults for major food industry companies. Michael Laiskonis launched the bean-to-bar Chocolate Lab at ICE in 2015.

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When: Saturday, February 10, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Price: Free with Museum admission

As part of the Black Gotham Experience day at the Museum, a panel of experts will discuss early Black communities in New York City.

Dating back to the 1600’s, before New York was New York, free and enslaved residents of African descent were integral contributors to the growing metropolis. As we take a look back at early Black communities such as New Amsterdam, Weeksville, and Seneca Village in the 17th through 19th century, join a lively conversation with Dr. Prathibha Kanakamedala, curator of In Pursuit of Freedom, Kamau Ware, Founder of the Black Gotham Experience, and professor Dr. Deborah Gray White to make connections between these legacies through today. Moderator Sarah Seidman will guide a conversation to unpack the the daily lives, means of organization, and early efforts for Black liberation.

This panel is part of a larger program, which includes a performance by The American Slavery Project at 11:00 am. Learn more.


 

About the Moderator:

Dr. Sarah Seidman is the Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York. She curates the ongoing exhibition Activist New York, and has also curated Beyond Suffrage and King in New York at the Museum. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University and a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University. Her research centers around questions of political culture, race, and social movements in the United States and the world. She has received fellowships from the University of Rochester, New York University, and the American Council of Learned Societies, and her writing has appeared in the Journal of Transnational American Studies and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, among other places.

About the Panelists:

Dr. Prithi Kanakamedala specializes in the Black Atlantic during the long  nineteenth century. Her more recent scholarship examines New York’s free black communities. She has published on a number of topics including black identity in nineteenth century transatlantic performance culture, New York’s cultural heritage, and the labor history of the Brooklyn Bridge. Dr. Kanakamedala is a committed public historian and served as both historian and curator for In Pursuit of Freedom (www.pursuitoffreedom.org), a partnership of Brooklyn Historical Society, Weeksville Heritage Center, and Irondale Ensemble Project. The project traced Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement. She continues to work with a number of non-profits including City Lore/ Place Matters and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She received her PhD in Atlantic Studies from the University of Sussex, England and is originally from Liverpool, England.

Kamau Ware (b. 1974) is a Brooklyn-based visual artist born in Pittsburgh, PA. His work focuses on visual storytelling by using photography, history, and fantasy to produce moving narratives about people and spaces. His works include America: The Legacy of African American Legacy, Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY (2016); #INSIDEBLACKGOTHAM, Civil Service Cafe, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Exposed, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2014); and Bed Stuy Story, Warehouse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2014).

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Valentine’s Day Tour: Love in the Time of Revolution

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Treat your special someone a unique gift this Valentine’s Day with Love in the Time of Revolution, a special tour that explores romantic tales of the Founding Fathers and their Lady Loves! Learn about 18th century courting and marriage customs and delve into the intimate relationships that were so poetically penned in love letters during the Revolutionary War.

This guided tour is included with the purchase of regular Museum admission.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Program Locations:

Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance.
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The oldest building in New York City, the hobbit doors of Dennet Place, a hidden museum in a Williamsburg apartment—Brooklyn is filled with secrets.

Secret Brooklyn book coverAway from the crowds and standard attractions, Brooklyn offers countless offbeat experiences. Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet, founders of the online magazine Untapped Cities, join us for a conversation their book Secret Brooklyn: An Usual Guide.

After presenting an overview of the borough’s hidden treasures, the authors will discuss their popular website and the power of urban discovery. A Q&A follows.

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At Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

Back to Exhibitions

From frozen ponds to Madison Square Garden, ice-skating has become a quintessentially New York pastime, woven into the city’s urban fabric in ways large and small.

New York on Ice: Skating in the City invites visitors to explore how ice-skating evolved in the city from its colonial Dutch and British origins to become a 19th-century craze, and later an opportunity for elaborate spectacle, commercialized leisure, and competitive sport in the 20th century and beyond. Along the way, skating has left its mark on New York’s urban landscape, from the design of Central Park, to intimate hotel rinks and extravagant arenas, to a plethora of skating facilities that today define and transform parks and other public spaces across the city.

The story of New York on Ice will be told through vintage photographs, posters, lithographs, paintings, and costumes. Together they reveal the evolution of the sport and art of ice-skating in the city both as a window into a passion and pastime of generations of New Yorkers, and as an unexpected ingredient of urban place-making.

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December 15th: Winter Myths
Join us for a journey into the underworld of holiday lore and celestial solstice diversions! Victoria Flexner of Edible History will unveil the pagan roots of today’s seasonal traditions, followed by an astrological forecast for 2018 with astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat. Grab a cup from the cauldron of mulled wine and join in an introductory lesson on cult card game Magic: The Gathering, or browse the richly illustrated 19th-century McLoughlin Brothers children’s tales on view from the BHS collection. It’s the antidote to the holiday party circuit you’ve been waiting for, though tacky holiday sweaters are encouraged!

To learn more about the McLoughlin Brothers publishing firm and their vibrant picture books, visit the exhibition Radiant with Color & Art: McLoughlin Brothers and the Business of Picture Books, 1858-1920, on view now at The Grolier Club.

The Evening’s Schedule

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm A Magical Gathering
Test your might and the strength of your sorcery with a game of Magic: The Gathering! Tutorials available from local expert Peter Rawlings at 5:30 & 7:45.
Beginning at 5:45 pm Winter’s Tales
 Dig in to the BHS Archives for wintery folklore and stories from our collection of McLoughlin Brothers picture books. Stories of Santa Claus and other folk heroes come to life in vivid illustrations on these pages!
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm Winter Solstice & The Old Religion
Why did people choose some of the harshest months of the year as the focal point of their community holiday observations? Victoria Flexner of Edible History unveils and revisits some of the ancient &  Pagan roots of today’s holiday traditions.
7:15 pm – 8:00 pm What’s Going On?: An Astrological Analysis of Our Contemporary Climate
Astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat will talk about what will happen astrologically in 2018 in order to frame the near future as a segment of longer cycles. The intention of the discussion is to lead to an understanding of astrology as a tool for looking at time in a socially conscious way.
8:15 pm – 8:45 pm Folks, It’s Cold Outside
Warm up the ancient way: with a sample of cozy and spicy mulled wine! Enjoy a warm drink before heading home.

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From The Fraunces Tavern Museum website:

 

Presented by Robert Watson

Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the derelict ship, the HMS Jersey, was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Throughout the colonies, the mere mention of the ship sparked fear and loathing of British troops. Join Robert as he explores the long forgotten story of the bloodiest “battle” of the Revolution, when an old British prison ship claimed more American lives than were lost in combat during the entirety of the War and how the affair would help rally the cause and win the War.

Tickets for this event go on sale October 13*All attendees must purchase a ticket for Special Lectures. There is no reserved seating for this lecture. 

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
For tickets purchased online, you will receive a confirmation email from Fraunces Tavern Museum with further event details within 24 business hours.

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