Est. 1876-devoted to public education regarding the American Revolution. Member’s ancestors assisted The Society owns and operates Fraunces Tavern Museum.
Established in 1876 the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York is devoted to educating the public about the struggle to achieve American liberty. Members are descendants of those who fought in or the Revolutionary War or otherwise placed themselves at risk. It hosts dinners and other functions for its membership as well as public events such as New York City's Flag Day Parade. Annually it bestows the George Washington Patriot Award.
As the holiday weekend approaches, we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe travels. Stay warm!
May your Christmas village be patriotic and bright.
Tickets are on sale for our annual George Washington Birthday Ball!
Please visit: https://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org/2023-gw-ball
It all started with one room…
115 years ago today, what is now known as the McEntee Gallery, opened to the public as the sole room for the initial collection of historic Revolutionary War items acquired by SRNY. A large portion of those early objects (and library collection) were given by Frederick Samuel Tallmadge, who was instrumental in helping save Fraunces Tavern.
Today, on the 239th anniversary of Gen. George Washington’s farewell at Fraunces Tavern, guests of were able to meet the key American patriots in the very room the farewell took place in.
in 1783, a pivotal moment in history, bids farewell to many of his officers upstairs in the Long Room, before sailing across the to New Jersey and beginning his journey home to
On December 4, 1783, nine days after the last British soldiers left American soil, General George Washington visited Fraunces Tavern. He invited his officers from the Continental Army to thank them for their service, and to bid them farewell. After embracing each officer and wishing them well, Washi...
Another year nearly gone. Fraunces Tavern Restaurant is now decked out for the holidays and the approaching new year. SRNY turns 140 in 2023!
Today, we remember . 239 years ago the British left New York, the last occupied city in America.
An evening of camaraderie and remembrance as SRNY, DAR, and visiting organizations mark the 239th anniversary of (this Friday, 11/25) when the British left New York in 1783…the last occupied American city under British rule.
On Monday, July 4 at 11:30am EDT, join the Lower Manhattan Historical Association for their annual Independence Day Parade. The scenic route of the parade winds from Castle Clinton in Battery Park to the corner of Pearl Street and Broad Street (turning the corner in front of Fraunces Tavern), up Broad Street past the flag-decked New York Stock Exchange Building, turning right onto Wall Street in front of spectators on the steps of Federal Hall, and east on Wall Street to South Street Seaport. The Color Guard of Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc. (pictured here marching in a parade on July 4, 1912) will be among the lead participants.
After the parade, head to Fraunces Tavern and enjoy a special Independence Day menu at the Restaurant AND $1 Museum admission all day long!
Join Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc. for the 145th Annual George Washington Birthday Ball on Friday, February 25 at 7:00pm at the Metropolitan Club.
This annual Museum fundraiser honors George Washington and provides much needed financial support for the maintenance and preservation of Fraunces Tavern and for our robust Museum programming. The evening will feature a host of patriotic festivities to honor George Washington’s 290th birthday, including a procession featuring displays of historic flags from SRNY’s Color Guard and the Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State of New York, as well as a variety of inspiring toasts, gourmet cuisine, a live band, dinner, and dancing. The evening’s highlight will be the presentation of the Distinguished Patriot Award to Governor George E. Pataki. RSVP by Wednesday, February 16. Tickets: https://bit.ly/3HE8DKh
In lieu of our usual in person gathering, we have put together a virtual Commemoration to honor the sacrifice patriot spy Nathan Hale made for our burgeoning country.
Join Nathan Hale Day Chairman Michael Coneys, as well as SRNY President Peter C. Hein, Yale Club President Neil Hohmann and Borough of Manhattan Parks Commissioner William Castro, as they talk about the significance Nathan Hale has to each of their organizations.
Unable to meet in person this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, we created this video to come together in spirit to honor and remember the great American pa...
New podcast alert! As part of Fraunces Tavern Museum’s Tavern Week celebration, Tavern Talks hosts Mary Tsaltas-Ottomanelli and Allie Delyanis sit down with Loycent Gordon and Edward Wendell from Neirs Tavern to discuss each building’s storied history and bright future. Listen to the full episode: https://qoo.ly/388bzy
As we get ready for the Museum’s first-ever virtual Trivia Night (next Thursday, August 27), we’re sharing some of our favorite historical facts about New York City.
This week’s takes us back to the 17th century and the city’s longstanding relationship with oysters. New York City was once the oyster capital of the world, with archeologists dating some shells found in New York harbor back to 6000 B.C. and were a staple in the Lenape diet. In the 1600s, European settlers described the oyster beds as stretching all the way up the island, with oysters measuring as large as a foot long, and surrounding nearly the entire shoreline around the island of Manhattan.
The building Fraunces Tavern Museum and Restaurant call home is on Pearl Street, which comes from the Dutch “Paerlstraat,” and denotes that the street was covered with discarded oyster shells after shucking for pearls.
Oysters were a staple on the menu when Samuel Fraunces operated the Tavern. He offered them a few different ways: picked, fried, or fresh from the harbor. By the 19th century oysters were sold almost everywhere, from food carts to high-end restaurants.
Between the expansion of the city’s shoreline, overharvesting, and increase of waste dumped into the water, the oyster population was nearly extinct going into the 20th century. By 1927, oysters were unsafe to eat. In recent years, the city has taken steps to help rebuild the oyster population. Launched in 2014, the Billion Oyster Project’s mission to install oyster reefs throughout the five boroughs and bring back the beloved seafood snack.
Join us on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00pm for more New York City trivia. Register: https://qoo.ly/37r4xq
We’re excited to announce the reopening of Fraunces Tavern Restaurant this Saturday, August 1 at 12:00pm! The Restaurant will offer outdoor dining along Pearl Street seven days a week from 12:00pm to 11:00pm and will be following strict CDC guidelines (including mandatory face coverings for staff), regularly and thoroughly disinfecting surfaces and implementing social distancing measures. On Saturday, enjoy live music from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and craft beer, cocktails, and whiskey all day long!
While the Museum is still closed to the public, we encourage you to raise a glass to history at the Restaurant and check out all of our virtual programming.
Join us next Thursday, July 16 at 6:30pm for a virtual lecture with author T. Cole Jones about his book Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution. In this lecture, Jones examines how America's founding generation grappled with the problems posed by prisoners of war, and how this influenced the wider social and political legacies of the Revolution. As the British denied customary protections to their American captives, the revolutionary leadership wasted no time in capitalizing on the prisoners' ordeals for propagandist purposes. This cycle of violence spiraled out of control, transforming the struggle for colonial independence into a revolutionary war.
This lecture will take place using Zoom. Register on our website, and you will receive an email with a link to the lecture the afternoon of July 16. Registration ends at 12:00pm on July 16. Register: https://qoo.ly/36xwan
Join us this Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30pm for a virtual lecture with George Washington's Mount Vernon Historian Mary V. Thompson for a discussion about her book, The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret: George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon.
In this lecture, Thompson offers a comprehensive account of those who served in bo***ge at Mount Vernon. Drawing on years of research in a wide range of sources, Thompson brings to life the lives of the enslaved while illuminating the radical change in Washington’s views on slavery and race wrought by the American Revolution, ending in his decision to grant his slaves freedom in his will.
Register here: https://qoo.ly/36jdjc
Our traditional Flag Day Parade, Celebration, and Open House could not occur this year in lower Manhattan due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we have chosen to commemorate Flag Day with a brief video featuring members of SRNY's leadership. While this is no substitute for our annual festivities, we encourage all of you to reflect upon the country and what the flag means to you at a time when the words of our Pledge of Allegiance, “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," are more relevant than ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XStq-h4LRak&feature=youtu.be
Join us TOMORROW, Thursday, May 21 at 6:30pm for a FREE Virtual Lecture with White House historian Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Historian on her book The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.
In this lecture, Chervinsky will explore the creation of the first presidential cabinet. Washington modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army, tinkering with its structure throughout his administration. As Washington faced an increasingly recalcitrant Congress, he came to treat the cabinet as a private advisory body to summon as needed, greatly expanding the role of the president and the executive branch.
This lecture is free and will take place using Zoom. Fill out the form on our website to register, and you will receive an email with a link to the lecture the morning of May 21. Registration closes on May 21 at 12:00pm: https://qoo.ly/35umj8
Fraunces Tavern Museum has partnered with Untapped New York for our first-ever Virtual Lecture for Insiders! On Thursday, May 7 at 12pm ET, join Programs & Events Assistant Mary Tsaltas-Ottomanelli to explore the history of 54 Pearl Street, the home of Fraunces Tavern Museum and Restaurant, its significance to the American Revolutionary era, and the efforts to restore and preserve the building over the last 300 years.
This live talk is organized for Untapped New York Insiders, and will be broadcasted via Zoom. Insiders will have the ability to ask questions in a Q&A section at the end.
Fraunces Tavern Museum is a member of Untapped New York's Insiders Program, a members-only club giving you access to virtual tours, talks, access to NYC’s most off-limits places, free admission to museums and much more. Get two months FREE with code STAYHOME. Register: https://qoo.ly/35rsc9
, April 28, 1780, Cuban representative Juan de Miralles died at George Washington's camp at Morristown, New Jersey. Born into a wealthy Havana merchant family, Miralles was sent to the colonies in 1777 as an observer for Spain and met with the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on their behalf, encouraging trade between the colonies and Cuba, and he was quite successful.
By 1781, over half of the ships coming into Philadelphia originated in Havana. He also presented Congress with Spain’s desired outcome for the war: the return of the Florida colony to Spanish control. In 1779, Spain officially entered the war, but not as an American ally. Spain was hesitant to openly support another imperial colony's revolt, so it instead entered into a treaty with one of America’s allies, France. This allowed Spain to support the Revolutionary War without explicitly supporting the colonies’ desire to separate from Great Britain.
During his time in the colonies, Miralles developed a strong relationship with General Washington and his wife Martha, and developed a deep sympathy for the Patriot cause. In the spring of 1780, Miralles came down with pulmonic fever, and although he was treated by Washington's personal doctors, eventually succumbed to the illness.
Learn more about the role both Spain and Cuba played during the American Revolution, and how their efforts helped the Patriots win, on the latest blog post: https://qoo.ly/35qru2
, April 22, 1774, the Sons of Liberty planned their own "tea party," dumping 18 chests of British tea into New York Harbor. Programs & Events Assistant Mary Tsaltas-Ottomanelli explores the New York Tea Party and the early days of New York on the FTM Blog. Read the whole story: https://qoo.ly/35meh9
This week, we're reading this blog post from New-York Historical Society, about the Battle of Golden Hill, one of the first instances of bloodshed of the American Revolution. On Monday, January 27 at 6:30pm, you're invited to join Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York at Fraunces Tavern Museum to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Golden Hill with a special presentation by author and historian Barnet Schecter, AND the birthday of Frederick Samuel Tallmadge, the second President of the Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, whose generosity enabled the Society to acquire Fraunces Tavern in 1904. Tickets: https://bit.ly/2uoq2pA
New York's Battle of Golden Hill, a clash between British soldiers and the Sons of Liberty, predates the better-remembered Boston Massacre by two months.
We look forward to having historian Barnet Schecter as our guest speaker at our Battle of Golden Hill & Tallmage Day event on Jan 27 (link in comments)! In the meantime, check out this short but very educational video he made with another preservation-oriented non-profit organization you should know about, the American Battlefield Trust.
VIDEO | Barnet Schecter highlights the key battles of the New York Campaign as the British Army chased American forces through New York during the summer of 1776 and winter of 1777.
Think of us this Giving Tuesday and make a contribution towards the ongoing preservation and interpretation of our Fraunces Tavern® Museum. We are honored to be the custodians of this historic site, and every dollar given helps sustain the Tavern for another 300 years!
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Established in 1876, the Sons of the Revolution ℠ in the State of New York, Inc. is devoted to keeping before the public mind the memory of the services of their ancestors, and of the times in which they lived, and of the principles for which they contended. Members are descendants of those who fought or otherwise placed themselves at risk in the American Revolutionary War. The Society owns and operates Fraunces Tavern® Museum. It hosts dinners and other functions for its membership as well as public events, such as Lower Manhattan’s Annual Flag Day Parade on June 14.