Federal Hall National Memorial

Federal Hall National Memorial Birthplace of American Government
Here on Wall Street, George Washington took the oath of office as our first President, and this site was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices.
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Here on Wall Street, George Washington took the oath of office as our first President, and this site was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. The current structure, a Customs House, later served as part of the US Sub-Treasury. Now, the building serves as a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America.

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#OTD in 1789 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President
02/04/2021

#OTD in 1789 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President

Check out our Virtual Collection:Sub-Treasury elevator, iron stairway and window opening on Nassau Street One of three p...
02/03/2021

Check out our Virtual Collection:

Sub-Treasury elevator, iron stairway and window opening on Nassau Street

One of three photographs of the Sub-Treasury by Edwards & Floods Contractors, photographer Joseph Smith.

Elevator, iron stairway and window opening on Nassau Street. Facing west.

CREATOR: Smith, Joseph

DATE CREATED: 1924-11-06

TYPE: photograph

COLLECTION: United States. Department of the Treasury.
Sub-Treasury Renovation Documents, 1878-1929

#OTD in 1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
02/02/2021

#OTD in 1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)

02/01/2021

The Underground Railroad is one of the most well-known aspects of the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century.

The virtual exhibit will provide a glimpse into this great freedom movement right here in NYC.

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DYK on this date in 1865 Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24)?
01/31/2021

DYK on this date in 1865 Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24)?

Happy #SaturdayMorning -time for a carriage ride
01/30/2021

Happy #SaturdayMorning -time for a carriage ride

Check out our Virtual Collection: Entrance to the John Peter Zenger Memorial Exhibit room at Federal Hall National Memor...
01/29/2021

Check out our Virtual Collection:

Entrance to the John Peter Zenger Memorial Exhibit room at Federal Hall National Memorial

DATE CREATED:1963

COLLECTION: Federal Hall National Memorial Administrative Records, 1790-1990

Have an awesome day. You deserve it! #ThankfulThursday
01/28/2021

Have an awesome day. You deserve it! #ThankfulThursday

Check out our Virtual Collection:Drawn and painted architectural rendering by William Hindley of Pierre L' Enfant's reno...
01/27/2021

Check out our Virtual Collection:

Drawn and painted architectural rendering by William Hindley of Pierre L' Enfant's renovation of Federal Hall.

DATE CREATED: 1932

Federal Hall National Memorial Cataloged Archival Items, 1733-1989

George Washington was not one to be deterred by a little winter weather
01/26/2021

George Washington was not one to be deterred by a little winter weather

#DYK on January 26, 1784 —  Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as America’s symbol?
01/26/2021

#DYK on January 26, 1784 — Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as America’s symbol?

#OTD in 1787 Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt. Daniel Shays, fail to capture an ...
01/25/2021

#OTD in 1787 Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt. Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts

#OTD in 1776 Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticond...
01/24/2021

#OTD in 1776 Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga

Check out our Virtual Collection:Engraving of front elevation of Federal Hall by Amos Doolittle after Pierre Lacour. Ima...
01/23/2021

Check out our Virtual Collection:

Engraving of front elevation of Federal Hall by Amos Doolittle after Pierre Lacour. Image depicts George Washington's first inauguration, April 30, 1789; Chancellor of the State of New York, Robert Livingston, administering the oath of office on the balcony.

At bottom left and right: Peter Lacour delin.; A. Doolittle Sculpt. "Printed and Sold by A. Doolittle New Haven 17[illegible]." Carved in the wood backing of the frame, is: "M. Thompson May 12, 1805." Written in marker: "No. 279(335) L. W. S. Collection."

Federal Hall National Memorial Virtual Collection Online: Constitution Day observance at Federal Hall 1939. View toward ...
01/22/2021

Federal Hall National Memorial Virtual Collection Online:

Constitution Day observance at Federal Hall 1939. View toward Broadway from the Federal Hall steps. The Sons of the American Revolution act as flag bears, a military band is visible at lower right. A wreath is laid at the foot of the George Washington statue.

The Fifty-Ninth Presidential InaugurationJoseph R. Biden, Jr January 20, 2021 marked the inauguration of the United Stat...
01/21/2021

The Fifty-Ninth Presidential Inauguration
Joseph R. Biden, Jr January 20, 2021 marked the inauguration of the United States' 46th President, Joseph R. Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris. It was our nation's 59th inaugural event. It is also fitting that it marked an historic event of the first Asian-African American woman to attain the office of Vice President of the United States. Just 232 years earlier, the nation hailed George Washington as the first president of the United States of America when he was inaugurated at Federal Hall on April 30, 1789. In George Washington's words, “The magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens, a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence, one, who, inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpracticed in the duties of civil administration, ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies.”

–And later, in the words of Joseph R. Biden Jr., upon his inauguration as the President of the United States, “To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, unity."

CONGRATULATIONS KAMALA HARRIS!For Black women and women of color across the country, the selection of Kamala Harris as v...
01/21/2021

CONGRATULATIONS KAMALA HARRIS!

For Black women and women of color across the country, the selection of Kamala Harris as vice president marks a historic moment — one that rightly honors the integral role Black women have played in shaping American politics and in leading the fight for equality.

She has create a unifying link that our country urgently needs. Congratulations Vice President Kamala Harris

#DYK George Washington was inaugurated the first president under the Federal Constitution of the United Stated at Federa...
01/20/2021

#DYK George Washington was inaugurated the first president under the Federal Constitution of the United Stated at Federal Hall in New York City on April 30, 1789. The day began w a military salute & bells ringing throughout the city, the ceremony was at 2:00 followed by his speech.

#TakeMeBackTuesday Handwritten note identifying wood fragment as part of a barricade across the Hudson built by Washingt...
01/19/2021

#TakeMeBackTuesday Handwritten note identifying wood fragment as part of a barricade across the Hudson built by Washington to evade the British

01/18/2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration A Virtual Exhibit

Virtual Exhibit:

At Federal Hall National Memorial we’re celebrating the life of Martin
Luther King JR. through a virtual photo exhibit, which looks back on his visits to New York City during the 1950’s and 1960’s

The photos chronicle his visits to NYC landmarks during the civil rights
movement era.

You can view this virtual exhibit on
January 18, 2021

The exhibit is FREE.

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Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Celebrating  more than a man . He is truly a monumental movement. Enjoy his inspir...
01/18/2021

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Celebrating more than a man . He is truly a monumental movement. Enjoy his inspiration.

Happy #SundayFunday
01/17/2021

Happy #SundayFunday

#DYK On April 23th, 1789, George Washington moved into 1 Cherry Street, making it the first Presidential mansion?The hou...
01/16/2021

#DYK On April 23th, 1789, George Washington moved into 1 Cherry Street, making it the first Presidential mansion?

The house, was demolished in 1856. It had stood near where the base of the Brooklyn Bridge is now.

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
01/15/2021

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

#OTD in 1784 US Revolutionary War ends with the US Congress of the Confederation ratifying the Treaty of Paris
01/14/2021

#OTD in 1784 US Revolutionary War ends with the US Congress of the Confederation ratifying the Treaty of Paris

#OTD in 1794 Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes
01/13/2021

#OTD in 1794 Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes

#TakeMeBackTuesday Pictured View of Archbishop Corrigan speaking at the centennial celebration of Washington's inaugurat...
01/12/2021

#TakeMeBackTuesday Pictured View of Archbishop Corrigan speaking at the centennial celebration of Washington's inauguration at the New York Sub-Treasury Building NYC April 30, 1889

Today's the birthday of our greatest founder, Alexander Hamilton.
01/11/2021

Today's the birthday of our greatest founder, Alexander Hamilton.

# OTD in 1785 Continental Congress convenes in NYC
01/11/2021

# OTD in 1785 Continental Congress convenes in NYC

#OTD in 1776 "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine published, advocating American independence
01/10/2021

#OTD in 1776 "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine published, advocating American independence

#OTD in 1788, Connecticut ratified the US Constitution by a vote of 128-40.Amos Doolittle, The looking glass for 1787. A...
01/09/2021

#OTD in 1788, Connecticut ratified the US Constitution by a vote of 128-40.

Amos Doolittle, The looking glass for 1787. A house divided against itself cannot stand, 1787, engraving with watercolor, New Haven - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

#OTD in 1790 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address
01/08/2021

#OTD in 1790 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

#OTD in 1817 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
01/07/2021

#OTD in 1817 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

#OTD in 1941 US  President Franklin Roosevelt makes his "Four Freedoms" speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom f...
01/06/2021

#OTD in 1941 US President Franklin Roosevelt makes his "Four Freedoms" speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during his US State of Union address

Address

26 Wall Street
New York, NY
10005

The best way to get to Federal Hall is to take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Wall St. or J or Z to Broad St.

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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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Here's a copy of Ward's statue at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
February 11th 1784. New York City holds it's first public celebration of General Washington's Birthday. The conversion from the old calendar to the new was also a problem. Washington's birthday was moved from February 11th to February 22nd. This apparently caused a great deal of confusion throughout his lifetime. Frequently one finds dates shown with (New Style, Gregorian Calendar) or (Old Style, Julian Calendar) During his career as a public official and after his retirement to Mount Vernon, Washington appears to have celebrated his birthday on either date. On February 14th 1790, Tobias Lear, Washington's faithful private secretary, responded to a letter of inquiry by writing: "In reply to your wish to know the President’s birthday it will be sufficient to observe that it is on the 11th of February, Old Style; but the Almanac makers have generally set down opposite to the 22nd day of February of the present style; how far that may go towards establishing it on that day I don't know; but I could never consider it any other way than as stealing so many days from his valuable life as is the difference between the old and new styles. With sincere esteem, etc. Tobias Lear" Washington appears to have accepted the new style date in the last years of his life. On February 6, l799, he wrote John Trumbull and mentioned that his granddaughter, Nelly Custis was marrying Lewis, his nephew on his birthday, the 22nd.
One of the highlights of our visit to New York City. Well worth the time to anyone interested in history.
Since everyone is posting pics of "Eureka", I guess I should post mine too from last week. Visiting from California.
Bettina Werner: July 4th, in style, at the Federal Hall National Memorial in her Wall Street neighborhood, highlighted by her “WE THE PEOPLE” Salt Crystal Art Collection. https://www.facebook.com/Bettina.Werner.the.Salt.Queen.woman.of.history/videos/10154207624975600/
Bettina Werner: July 4th, in style, at the Federal Hall National Memorial in her Wall Street neighborhood, highlighted by her “WE THE PEOPLE” Salt Crystal Art Collection. https://www.facebook.com/Bettina.Werner.the.Salt.Queen.woman.of.history/videos/10154207624975600/
(Monica-From The Salt Queen Foundation) Independence Day: WE THE PEOPLE - Salt Crystal Painting by Pioneering Artist Bettina Werner, The Salt Queen