You can see me, Karen Q, Thursday, February 16, 2017 on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum. 9:00 ET/PT Mutually Assured Missteps, First Train Robbery and Declaration Discovered Don Wildman inspects a fighter jet from the cold war, examines an 1860s replica steam locomotive and investigates a rare print of the Declaration of Independence… read more →

12 Jan 2017
January 12, 2017

Meschianza

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One of the biggest “no way!” moments I’ve ever had while reading about the American Revolution (and there have been many) was the Meschianza. I first came across the story while reading “History of New York During the Revolutionary War” by Thomas Jones. Jones, a New York Tory (Loyalist) and former court judge, wrote a.. read more →

Farewell to the British!  Evacuation Day. Before President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, the most celebrated day of the year in New York City was Evacuation Day, November 25, 1783. The Long Occupation September 21, 1776 – British forces commanded by General William Howe took possession of New York City. Washington’s defeated army.. read more →

A Spy for a Spy: Nathan Hale and John Andre Most of us are familiar with the story of Nathan Hale and the brave words with which he went to his death, “My only regret is that I have but one life to give for my country.” But what was really going on that September.. read more →

August 29, 1776 – The first battle in the Battle of New York, the Battle of Brooklyn, is underway. After a week of facing off against General Howe’s forces in Brooklyn, General Washington finds himself in Brooklyn Heights with his army. British and Hessian infantry, artillery and light horse surround him on three sides: South,.. read more →

LePage Gattine Duel? In the news today is a story that Governor Paul LePage and Representative Drew Gattine are feuding over whether Gattine called LePage a racist and whether LePage left Gattine obscene voicemail as a result. At a Thursday press conference Gov. LePage said he wished it was 1825 so he could shoot Gattine.. read more →

Included in our Revolutionary War Era Tour is a mini Culper Spy Ring Tour that takes us through the workings of the Culper Ring, Washington’s spies who operated during the war.  From 1776 through 1783 NYC was occupied by British Military Forces. Woven within the fabric of society were the spies who sent valuable information.. read more →

Bishop Samuel Provoost Portrait

On my tour today I had the honor of having descendants of the great Bishop Samuel Provoost. In 1775 he resigned his position at Trinity Church (The Church of England) due to his support for “the opposition”, the colonial rebellion. He moved upstate and in 1777 picked up arms to pursue the British after they.. read more →

August 27, 1776 Colonial forces retreated from Brooklyn Heights to Manhattan on a dark night with no moon.  They left Brooklyn to the North (left) of where we are in this picture and landed across the East River, about a block inland from what we can see here. Amazingly, they were able to complete the.. read more →

“The Wandsworth Genealogical History of a Tory” from the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury, 4/16/1770. (Tory is the old term for Loyalist.) Found it while looking through newspapers for a different story.  Anti Church of England humor from the Whigs of NYC.  I can take a pretty good guess who the author(s) might be! The.. read more →