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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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Valuable Tour

From The Fraunces Tavern Museum:

Valuable Tour

A 45-minute tour of the special exhibition Valuable plus a docent facilitated group discussion. This tour will give you a chance to see Fraunces Tavern Museum as you’ve never seen it before and to dive deep into some of the most valuable pieces within Fraunces Tavern Museum’s collection and asks the question: what makes them so valuable? How have these artifacts shaped the history of our culture today? From Martha Washington’s slipper to Von Steuben’s camp liquor chest, each of these objects tells us something about early American culture and beyond.

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We offer guided Museum Tours to the public FREE with admission on the following days and times:

Thursdays @ 2pm
Fridays @ 2pm
Saturdays @ 1pm & 2pm

Sundays @ 1pm & 2pm

Saturdays in February @ 3pm – Fighting for Freedom Tour

There are NO guided tours on the following dates and times:

Sunday, February 11 @ 1pm
Sunday, February 18 @ 2pm
Saturday, February 24 @ 2pm

*No reservations are required. Please plan your arrival accordingly, as space is limited.

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From The Fraunces Tavern Museum:

Coming in February 2018:
NEW!
 Fighting for Freedom Tour

In honor of Black History Month, this tour
is FREE with regular admission every Saturday at 3:00pm from February 3-24!

From battles to espionage, and harrowing tales of escape, this tour emphasizes the fact that African Americans, both enslaved and free, were present, active, and of critical importance in the American Revolution. This tour highlights the incredible achievements and contributions of Ona Judge, James Armistead Lafayette, and Elizabeth Freeman in the American Revolution, and how their participation resulted in the eventual abolishment of the historic institution of slavery in America. This tour will also explore George Washington’s changing relationship with the practice of slavery both privately and politically.

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You can also reserve a private group tour below at any time or date starting February 1.

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From the Fraunces Tavern Museum website:

Washington’s Farewell

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  • To commemorate Washington’s emotional farewell to his Officers that took place in the Long Room on December 4, 1783, a special reenactment of the farewell will occur throughout the day in the famous Long Room.

    This year we are thrilled to announce that actor Ian Kahn, who portrayed George Washington on the hit AMC series TURN,will be at the Museum to reprise his role and reenact the toast given by George Washington in Fraunces Tavern’s historic Long Room on December 4, 1783. Joining Ian to reenact the toast will be Dan Shippey, a George Washington reenactor and expert from the Breed’s Hill Institute who served as Ian’s mentor and inspiration during his time working on the show. Come and witness the toast, interact with “George,” and talk with Ian about his life-changing experience playing the General on TV.

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    Visitors will enjoy $1 admission for this exciting day of events; which will also include additional tours and activities throughout the day; such as a colonial costume photobooth, and hands-on family activities.

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The 141st George Washington Birthday Ball

Since 1877, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York have been hosting the George Washington Birthday Ball in honor of George Washington. This celebration is a fundraiser for Fraunces Tavern Museum, one of our country’s oldest and most important historical sites.  Fraunces Tavern was a meeting place for the Sons of Liberty. It was in the Tavern’s
Long Room where George Washington bid farewell to his officers after the British evacuated New York City. In 1785 the Tavern was leased by the government to house the Department of Foreign Affairs and in 1787 the Departments of Treasury and War moved in.

 

This year marks the 141st Ball as well as the 111th anniversary of the opening of Fraunces Tavern Museum.

 

We invite you to join the Benefit Committee and be an important part of this year’s Ball.  The Committee is composed of Society members, Museum members, individuals, organizations, foundations, and companies that support the mission of the Museum, which is to educate the public about the struggles, importance, and heroes of the American Revolution.

Your commitment to the Museum through the Benefit Committee will help to sustain the
only museum in New York City dedicated to the history of the American Revolution.  The
Museum receives about 30,000 visitors each year (a 300% increase over the past ten years), of whom 5,000 are schoolchildren participating in our interactive educational programming. The Museum presents annually rotating exhibits within our nine galleries, monthly lectures by notable authors and experts, and hosts local historical walking tours.

You can join the Benefit Committee by printing out and returning the Benefit Committee Form to Sons of the Revolution c/o Benefit Committee, 54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004. You can also join the Committee through our website by clicking HERE. As a Benefit Committee Member you are entitled to be listed on the invitation and in the Ball Journal.

 

This year’s George Washington Birthday Ball will be held at the Metropolitan Club located at 1 East 60th Street, New York, on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm. For those who cannot attend, we hope you will consider a contribution to help us continue our important educational mission.

 

Sincerely,

    Ambrose M. Richardson, III
President

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The World Premiere of America’s First Play: Androboros (Villain of the State)
Written by Governor Robert Hunter (1714) and Adapted by S.M. Dale (2017)

7:00pm performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October

Before Hamilton, before Washington, before even much of Manhattan existed, there was Androboros! Mixing Elizabethan language with the commedia del arte of its day, this new adaptation will feature over a dozen original songs played live with a dancing, 10-member cast in an intimate setting. Based on a true incident that scandalized the young New York colony, the play is a great history lesson that is as funny and entertaining today as it was in 1714.

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This program is brought to you in partnership with
Peculiar Works Project.

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