Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York

Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York Est. 1876-devoted to public education regarding the American Revolution. Member’s ancestors assisted the patriot cause by acts or counsel. 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.
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Members are descendants of those who fought in or the Revolutionary War or otherwise placed themselves at risk. The Society owns and operates Fraunces Tavern Museum. 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.

Mission: To perpetuate the memory of the men who, in military, naval or civil service, by their acts or counsel, achieved American Independence; to promote and assist in the proper celebration of the anniversaries of Washington’s Birthday, the Battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill, the Fourth of July, the Capitulations of Saratoga and Yorktown, the Evacuation of New York by the British Army, and other prominent events relating to or connected with the War of the Revolution; to collect and secure for preservation the manuscript rolls, records and other documents relating to that War; to inspire among the members and their descendants the patriotic spirit of their forefathers; to inculcate in the community in general, sentiments of Nationality and respect for the principles for which the patriots of the Revolution contended; to assist in the commemorative celebration of other great historical events of National importance, and to promote social intercourse and the feeling of fellowship among its members.

Operating as usual

10/31/2020
Fraunces Tavern® Museum

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

Happy Halloween from Fraunces Tavern Museum! We present you with the George Washington Birthday Ball / Halloween mash-up you didn’t know you needed. Can you spy Director Scott Dwyer? They say he’s always been the caretaker…

Benefit Committee tickets on sale now: https://bit.ly/2Jg51ES

09/22/2020
2020 SRNY Virtual Nathan Hale Day Commemoration

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...

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
09/17/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

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. #WeGotPlans Listen to the full episode: https://qoo.ly/388bzy

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08/26/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

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 #TriviaTuesday 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

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
07/31/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

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.

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
07/16/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

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

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06/16/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

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 bondage 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

06/14/2020
Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York Celebrate Flag Day 2020

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

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
05/26/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

Happy Memorial Day from Fraunces Tavern Museum! Did you know there are over 270 war memorials located in New York City parks? Although the Museum remains closed to the public, we propose you observe this day by visiting a Revolutionary War memorial in your area.

In 1873, New York became the first state to observe this holiday, originally known as “Decoration Day,” and it was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

The Maryland Monument (image one), located in Prospect Park, honors the bravery of the Maryland 400, Continental Soldiers that sacrificed their lives to hold off Cornwallis’ troops for Washington and his men to escape after the Battle of Brooklyn.

You can also explore Fort Greene Park and visit the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (image two), dedicated to the estimated 11,000 men and women who died on British prison ships anchored on the East River.

Since 1892, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York have placed over 50 historical tablets, statues, and monuments around the city, such as the tablet dedicated to Colonel Marinus Willet (image three), located on the corner of Broad and Beaver Streets.

Explore a list of war memorials in your neighborhood here: https://bit.ly/36uETh7

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
05/20/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

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
05/01/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

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

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
04/28/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

#OnThisDay, 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

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
04/22/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

#OnThisDay, 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 #revolutionary New York on the FTM Blog. Read the whole story: https://qoo.ly/35meh9

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
04/08/2020

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

Fraunces Tavern Museum has gone digital! Check out our brand new virtual exhibition, Valuable, a digital interpretation of one of our most popular in-house exhibitions. Explore the collection, which highlights the eight most valuable objects in the entire Museum collection, not only for their financial worth, but also for their contributions to preserving and interpreting American history and culture. As you view this exhibition and the guided tour, consider the ways in which each artifact is valuable, and how we can use these artifacts to understand this period of America’s history. These artifacts are one of a kind, and therefore priceless. View the collection: https://qoo.ly/3593d2

Pictured: Martha Washington’s Slipper

This week, we're reading this blog post from New-York Historical Society, about the Battle of Golden Hill, one of the fi...
01/23/2020
New-York Historical Society

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

🗡️ Take a moment to remember the 250th anniversary of New York’s Battle of Golden Hill.

👇 Learn more through the latest #FromTheStacks.

We look forward to having historian Barnet Schecter as our guest speaker at our Battle of Golden Hill & Tallmage Day eve...
01/13/2020
The New York Campaign

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.

https://www.battlefields.org/learn/videos/new-york-campaign

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.

12/03/2019
Fraunces Tavern® Museum

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!

Happy #GivingTuesday! Today, please consider making a contribution towards Fraunces Tavern Museum. Your donation will make a #revolutionary difference for a museum that has been diligently working to preserve and interpret the history of the American Revolutionary era for generations. Through your patronage, you are not only providing valuable support to this cherished historic site, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2019, but you are also keeping history alive! Donate: https://bit.ly/381YCoL

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
11/11/2019

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

This Veteran's Day we celebrate the service of all military veterans, past and present, and their dedication and service to our country. The seeds of the American Revolution were planted at Fraunces Tavern, and we're honored to still stand alongside the brave men and women who serve our country - 300 years and counting.

SRNY's 2017 Distinguished Patriot of the Year, American Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor, Paul Bu...
11/11/2019
Eyewitness News Live Streaming Video

SRNY's 2017 Distinguished Patriot of the Year, American Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor, Paul Bucha co-hosts ABC coverage of the NYC Veterans Day Parade (Live Now): https://abc7ny.com/watch/23377/

Watch live streaming video on abc7ny.com and stay up-to-date with the latest Eyewitness News broadcasts as well as live breaking news whenever it happens.

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York are proud to honor our Revolutionary War veterans and the courageous...
11/11/2019
Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at Arlington National Cemetery

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York are proud to honor our Revolutionary War veterans and the courageous veterans of all other wars undertaken by these United States, by marching in today’s centennial celebration of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, hosted by the United War Veterans Council.
Please join us in today's commemorations by watching the parade in person, on television, or online, and by supporting Veterans organizations today, and throughout the year.

LIVE coverage of the Parade, with the SRNY's 2017 Distinguished Patriot of the Year Paul Bucha (Live Now): https://abc7ny.com/watch/23377/

LIVE coverage of commemorations at Arlington National Cemetery (Live now): https://www.c-span.org/video/?466105-1/vice-president-pence-delivers-remarks-arlington-national-cemetery&live

Vice President Mike Pence lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before delivering Veterans Day remarks at the Memorial Amphitheater Arlington National Cemetery.

Fraunces Tavern® Museum
08/19/2019
Fraunces Tavern® Museum

Fraunces Tavern® Museum

On OCTOBER 1, Fraunces Tavern Museum and Restaurant host a grand 300th birthday celebration for 54 Pearl Street! Guests will enjoy an evening of special events, and a gift bag with special limited 300th anniversary shot glasses, a commemorative post card, mini bottle of Dingle Gin, and complimentary Museum passes. RSVP TODAY and learn more.

Thanks to everyone who came out for Summer Tavern Night and the Color Guard's Punch Bowl dedication!
07/26/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out for Summer Tavern Night and the Color Guard's Punch Bowl dedication!

A celebration of
Colonial & Revolutionary War era taverns, toasts, traditions, and togetherness
And
Dedication of the Color Guard punch bowl
Given in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the construction of the Fraunces Tavern® building.

Address

54 Pearl St
New York, NY
10004

The Sons of The Revolution in the State of New York is located at historic Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street, at the corner of Broad Street in Lower Manhattan. Take the Subway: N/R to Whitehall St., 4/5 to Bowling Green, 1/9 to South Ferry, or J/M/Z to Broad Street. Buses: M1, M6, M15

General information

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. The Society owns and operates Fraunces Tavern Museum. 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.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(212) 425-1776

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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.