Founding Fathers in New York City

nycgo.com staff

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Did you know that the original Federal Hall served as the United States’ first capitol building, where Congress met and George Washington was inaugurated as the nation’s first president? Or that the City was the site of important Revolutionary War battles, including a particularly bloody one at current day Green-Wood Cemetery? The founding fathers’ ties to the City are strong, and now’s a perfect time to discover them for yourself.

In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, cultural institutions throughout the city are celebrating important figures from early American history—especially Alexander Hamilton, who owes his resurgence in popularity to a certain Broadway musical. Click on the events below for some of the best ways to join the fun.

Founding Fathers Events in NYC

Hamilton
Dec
10

Broadway Hamilton

This multi-layered new musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton has garnered rave reviews all around.

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Lafayette
Dec
10

Museums & Galleries Lafayette

In honor of the docking of the replica of Marquis de Lafayette’s L’Hermione at South Street Seaport over July 4th, the museum presents an eighteen month long exhibit of twenty Lafayette related historic objects. Among the highlights are Lafayette's calling card and the general's sash on which he bled at the Battle of Brandywine.

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The Battle of Brooklyn
Dec
10

Museums & Galleries The Battle of Brooklyn

Largest single battle of the Revolutionary War was fought in the marshy fields of Gowanus and Red Hook,

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Dunsmore
Dec
10

Museums & Galleries Dunsmore

Travel back in time to the American Revolution.

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Alexander Hamilton
Dec
10

Museums & Galleries Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton's draft of George Washington's Farewell Address, dated August 10, 1796

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