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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07/18/2021

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Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Procession

Below print: View of Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession, showing the home of Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt at the corner of Broadway and Union Square in New York. Two children are visible in the second story window, one of whom is Theodore Roosevelt.

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Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Procession

Below print: View of Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession, showing the home of Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt at the corner of Broadway and Union Square in New York. Two children are visible in the second story window, one of whom is Theodore Roosevelt.

Check out our Virtual Collection:George Washington at 18Below print: Full-length representation of a young male with lef...
07/17/2021

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George Washington at 18

Below print: Full-length representation of a young male with left leg forward, head turned to his left, right hand resting on a rock, and hat in his left. On ground at his left is his surveyor's stool. In landscape of rocks, gnarled trees, hills and a body of water.

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George Washington at 18

Below print: Full-length representation of a young male with left leg forward, head turned to his left, right hand resting on a rock, and hat in his left. On ground at his left is his surveyor's stool. In landscape of rocks, gnarled trees, hills and a body of water.

#OTD in 1790 Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United S...
07/16/2021

#OTD in 1790 Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States

Image: Cart on road overlooking Potomac River.

#OTD in 1790 Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States

Image: Cart on road overlooking Potomac River.

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07/15/2021

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Robert F. Kennedy addressing a crowd from the steps of Federal Hall National Memorial

Photograph of the crowd at the rally for Democratic Senatorial candidate Robert F. Kennedy from the steps of Federal Hall National Memorial. The New York Stock Exchange can be seen in the background; the back of the statue of George Washington is at right.

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Robert F. Kennedy addressing a crowd from the steps of Federal Hall National Memorial

Photograph of the crowd at the rally for Democratic Senatorial candidate Robert F. Kennedy from the steps of Federal Hall National Memorial. The New York Stock Exchange can be seen in the background; the back of the statue of George Washington is at right.

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07/14/2021

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Alexander Hamilton Bicentennial Stamp

Image: Photograph of three-cent U.S. postage stamp commemorating the Alexander Hamilton Bicentennial. Includes images of Hamilton and the original Federal Hall.

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Alexander Hamilton Bicentennial Stamp

Image: Photograph of three-cent U.S. postage stamp commemorating the Alexander Hamilton Bicentennial. Includes images of Hamilton and the original Federal Hall.

#OTD in 1787 US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territoryImage: Plaque commemorating the first ...
07/13/2021

#OTD in 1787 US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territory

Image: Plaque commemorating the first permanent U.S. settlement in the Northwest Territory is attached to Federal Hall National Memorial

#OTD in 1787 US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territory

Image: Plaque commemorating the first permanent U.S. settlement in the Northwest Territory is attached to Federal Hall National Memorial

07/12/2021
Death of Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton was 47 when he was killed in the infamous duel, with Aaron Burr, and died on the 12th. He's buried at Trinity Church in New York City.

#OTD in 1804 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel by...
07/12/2021

#OTD in 1804 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr

The Bayard Mansion

Image: View of the exterior of the Bayard Mansion, the location of Alexander Hamilton's death

#OTD in 1804 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr

The Bayard Mansion

Image: View of the exterior of the Bayard Mansion, the location of Alexander Hamilton's death

Hamilton’s Duel July 12, 2021 at 1:00pm Facebook Premiere program: http://ow.ly/tPvA50FsHVcWeehawken MonumentImage: Monu...
07/11/2021

Hamilton’s Duel July 12, 2021 at 1:00pm Facebook Premiere program: http://ow.ly/tPvA50FsHVc

Weehawken Monument

Image: Monument dedicated to Alexander Hamilton. It is located at the site where Hamilton was fatally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.

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Weehawken Monument

Image: Monument dedicated to Alexander Hamilton. It is located at the site where Hamilton was fatally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.

#OTD in 1804 Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander H...
07/11/2021

#OTD in 1804 Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel

Dueling Pistols
Image: Lantern Slide of the dueling pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

#OTD in 1804 Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel

Dueling Pistols
Image: Lantern Slide of the dueling pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Check out our Virtual Collection:Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton PortraitImage: Color portrait of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilto...
07/10/2021

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Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Portrait

Image: Color portrait of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, from an original painting by Ralph Earl.

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Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Portrait

Image: Color portrait of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, from an original painting by Ralph Earl.

#OTD in1776 Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops in New York
07/09/2021

#OTD in1776 Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops in New York

#OTD in1776 Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops in New York

#OTD in 1776 Colonel John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citi...
07/08/2021

#OTD in 1776 Colonel John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia

Image: Col. John Nixon as depicted in artist Gilbert Stuart's oil on canvass in 1800.

#OTD in 1776 Colonel John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia

Image: Col. John Nixon as depicted in artist Gilbert Stuart's oil on canvass in 1800.

#OTD in 1754 Kings College in NYC opens (renamed Columbia College)Image: Columbia college 1784-1857
07/07/2021

#OTD in 1754 Kings College in NYC opens (renamed Columbia College)

Image: Columbia college 1784-1857

#OTD in 1754 Kings College in NYC opens (renamed Columbia College)

Image: Columbia college 1784-1857

#OTD in 1775 Congress issues "Declaration of the Causes & Necessity of Taking up Arms", listing grievances but denying i...
07/06/2021

#OTD in 1775 Congress issues "Declaration of the Causes & Necessity of Taking up Arms", listing grievances but denying intent to be independent

Image: First pamphlet printing of the US Continental Congress' Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

#OTD in 1775 Congress issues "Declaration of the Causes & Necessity of Taking up Arms", listing grievances but denying intent to be independent

Image: First pamphlet printing of the US Continental Congress' Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

Independence Day Virtual ProgramThe Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.http://ow.ly/fo3w50FleyeJ...
07/05/2021

Independence Day Virtual Program

The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.

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Join us virtually Mon. July 5 at 1:00 for the streaming of a Facebook Premiere program.

Image: American Flags hanging from the rotunda of Federal Hall

Independence Day Virtual Program

The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.

http://ow.ly/fo3w50Fleye

Join us virtually Mon. July 5 at 1:00 for the streaming of a Facebook Premiere program.

Image: American Flags hanging from the rotunda of Federal Hall

OTD in 1775 George Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, MassachusettsImage:  depicting the first m...
07/03/2021

OTD in 1775 George Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts

Image: depicting the first meeting of General George Washington and Alexander Hamilton in a trench

OTD in 1775 George Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts

Image: depicting the first meeting of General George Washington and Alexander Hamilton in a trench

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07/02/2021

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Image: Black and white print of Wall Street, looking towards Trinity Church

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06/30/2021

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Dinner invitation from George Washington to Lieutenant Kildreth

Dinner invitation, written by a secretary, from George Washington at Headquarters to Lieutenant Kildreth of the 8th Massachusetts Regiment.

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Dinner invitation from George Washington to Lieutenant Kildreth

Dinner invitation, written by a secretary, from George Washington at Headquarters to Lieutenant Kildreth of the 8th Massachusetts Regiment.

#OTD in 1776 Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental CongressImage: Rotunda of Federal Hall ...
06/28/2021

#OTD in 1776 Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress

Image: Rotunda of Federal Hall National Memorial Celebrating July 4, 2014

#OTD in 1776 Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress

Image: Rotunda of Federal Hall National Memorial Celebrating July 4, 2014

#OTD in 1652 New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North AmericaImage: Old Carriage at Mount...
06/27/2021

#OTD in 1652 New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America

Image: Old Carriage at Mount Vernon, Washington DC, Home of George Washington

#OTD in 1652 New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America

Image: Old Carriage at Mount Vernon, Washington DC, Home of George Washington

Independence Day Virtual ProgramThe Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.Monday, July 5, 2021 at 1...
06/26/2021

Independence Day Virtual Program

The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.

Monday, July 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM Facebook Premiere program

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Image: Reenactors of George Washington and a common soldier at Federal Hall National Memorial

Independence Day Virtual Program

The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.

Monday, July 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM Facebook Premiere program

https://www.facebook.com/federalhallnps

Image: Reenactors of George Washington and a common soldier at Federal Hall National Memorial

The Most Celebrated Financial Center in the WorldImage: View of Federal Hall (then the U. S. Sub-Treasury) looking down ...
06/25/2021

The Most Celebrated Financial Center in the World

Image: View of Federal Hall (then the U. S. Sub-Treasury) looking down Wall Street toward Trinity Church.

A large crowd has gathered on the steps of Federal Hall extending down Wall Street and Broad Street.

The Most Celebrated Financial Center in the World

Image: View of Federal Hall (then the U. S. Sub-Treasury) looking down Wall Street toward Trinity Church.

A large crowd has gathered on the steps of Federal Hall extending down Wall Street and Broad Street.

Independence Day Virtual Program The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.Join us virtually Monday...
06/24/2021

Independence Day Virtual Program

The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.

Join us virtually Monday, July 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM for the streaming of a Facebook Premiere program https://www.facebook.com/federalhallnps

Image: Reenactors of George Washington and a common soldier at
Federal Hall National Memorial

Independence Day Virtual Program

The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.

Join us virtually Monday, July 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM for the streaming of a Facebook Premiere program https://www.facebook.com/federalhallnps

Image: Reenactors of George Washington and a common soldier at
Federal Hall National Memorial

Check out our Virtual Collection:The Royal ExchangeView of the Old Royal Exchange formerly located near the intersection...
06/23/2021

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The Royal Exchange

View of the Old Royal Exchange formerly located near the intersection of Broad and Water Streets in New York City. A one storey building set on arched pillars with a belfry topped by a weathervane. People gather around the building.

The first session of the U.S. Supreme Court was held here on February 2, 1790.

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The Royal Exchange

View of the Old Royal Exchange formerly located near the intersection of Broad and Water Streets in New York City. A one storey building set on arched pillars with a belfry topped by a weathervane. People gather around the building.

The first session of the U.S. Supreme Court was held here on February 2, 1790.

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06/22/2021

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Wreath-laying at the tomb of Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church on Constitution Day.

Image: Officers from the Navy are present along with Laurens Hamilton, great-great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton, and an unidentified gentleman. The New York chapter of the Sons of the Revolution and others act as flag bearers.

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Wreath-laying at the tomb of Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church on Constitution Day.

Image: Officers from the Navy are present along with Laurens Hamilton, great-great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton, and an unidentified gentleman. The New York chapter of the Sons of the Revolution and others act as flag bearers.

#OTD in 1788 US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it.Image: A woodcut from th...
06/21/2021

#OTD in 1788 US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it.

Image: A woodcut from the “New Hampshire Gazette,” June 26, 1788, picturing New Hampshire as “The Ninth and Sufficient Pillar Raised” elsewhere called the “Keystone of the Federal Arch.” N.H. Historical Society

#OTD in 1788 US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it.

Image: A woodcut from the “New Hampshire Gazette,” June 26, 1788, picturing New Hampshire as “The Ninth and Sufficient Pillar Raised” elsewhere called the “Keystone of the Federal Arch.” N.H. Historical Society

Independence Day Virtual Program The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.Join us virtually Sunday...
06/20/2021

Independence Day Virtual Program

The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.

Join us virtually Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM for the streaming of a Facebook Premiere program @Facebook.com/federalhallnps

Independence Day Virtual Program

The Summer of 1776 in NYC: An interview with George Washington.

Join us virtually Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM for the streaming of a Facebook Premiere program @Facebook.com/federalhallnps

Women in the Face of History a banner installation on the façade of Federal Hall is part of a larger year-long project, ...
06/19/2021

Women in the Face of History a banner installation on the façade of Federal Hall is part of a larger year-long project, the 100 Years | 100 Women initiative, bringing together 100 commissioned artists and cultural creators to respond to and interrogate the complex legacy of women’s suffrage.

Women in the Face of History a banner installation on the façade of Federal Hall is part of a larger year-long project, the 100 Years | 100 Women initiative, bringing together 100 commissioned artists and cultural creators to respond to and interrogate the complex legacy of women’s suffrage.

Check out our Virtual Collection: Souvenir of the Independence of AmericaStevengraph ribbon with silk embroidery. Images...
06/18/2021

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Souvenir of the Independence of America

Stevengraph ribbon with silk embroidery. Images include Washington equestrian statue and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Souvenir of the Independence of America

Stevengraph ribbon with silk embroidery. Images include Washington equestrian statue and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

# OTD in 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill (it was Breed's Hill)Image: A plan of the action at Bunkers-Hill, on the 17th. of Ju...
06/17/2021

# OTD in 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill (it was Breed's Hill)

Image: A plan of the action at Bunkers-Hill, on the 17th. of June 1775

# OTD in 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill (it was Breed's Hill)

Image: A plan of the action at Bunkers-Hill, on the 17th. of June 1775

Check out our Virtual Collection:Men near river in WeehawkenPainted color lantern slide of a print of men alongside the ...
06/16/2021

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Men near river in Weehawken

Painted color lantern slide of a print of men alongside the Hudson River with a wounded man being held up by two other men. The image may depict the wounded Alexander Hamilton after his 1804 duel with Aaron Burr.

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Men near river in Weehawken

Painted color lantern slide of a print of men alongside the Hudson River with a wounded man being held up by two other men. The image may depict the wounded Alexander Hamilton after his 1804 duel with Aaron Burr.

# OTD in 1775 George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the day after Congress establishes...
06/15/2021

# OTD in 1775 George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the day after Congress establishes the force

Image: Infantry, Continental Army, 1779-1783

# OTD in 1775 George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the day after Congress establishes the force

Image: Infantry, Continental Army, 1779-1783

#OTD in 1777 US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Stripes flag, designed by Francis Hopkinson, replacing the Grand...
06/14/2021

#OTD in 1777 US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Stripes flag, designed by Francis Hopkinson, replacing the Grand Union flag

Image: Portrait of Francis Hopkinson

#OTD in 1777 US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Stripes flag, designed by Francis Hopkinson, replacing the Grand Union flag

Image: Portrait of Francis Hopkinson

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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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Dancing on the street....... The Salvation Army man made music and then danced alone or with the ladies in front of Federal Hall. Photographer: Tom van Dutch Photography
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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