The End of the World As We Know It! 💣 April 23, 1775 – New York City Wall Street, 1774 click image to enlarge Sunday, August 23, 1775, started out as any other Sunday in New York. The residents of the island were up early and off to their respective houses of worship for services. Families.. read more →

Stories I Don’t Tell!  The Indecent Side of Revolutionary Era New York City There are lots of stories I DON’T tell on the Revolutionary Era Tour! All of the tours are designed to be family friendly, so I stay away from things that aren’t suitable for children. But looking honestly at the time period, there’s.. read more →

The First Shot Will be Mortal 💣 Lexington and Concord The Shot Heard ‘Round The World April 19, 1775 Was there a way to avoid that fateful shot on Lexington Green? Is it possible that cooler heads might have prevailed? Let’s take a look at the debate going on in the British Parliament in early.. read more →

31 Mar 2017
March 31, 2017

Who’s a Yankee Doodle?

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Who’s a Yankee Doodle?   Yankee Doodle went to town, Riding on a pony; Stuck a feather in his hat, And called it Macaroni! Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doddle dandy; Mind the music and the steps, And with the girls be handy. We all remember “Yankee Doodle” as a children’s song or a.. read more →

Famous for Being Famous! ♥ Peggy Shippen of Philadelphia Margaret, Peggy Shippen was born in 1760 in Philadelphia to a wealthy family that became politically divided during the Revolutionary War. (The town of “Shippensburg” was named for the Shippen family.) Her father, Edward Shippen, was a Loyalist leaning judge and member of the Pennsylvania Provincial.. read more →

We’re on the Same Side! Loyalist Treatment Under Military Occupation in NYC Tories and Loyalists A fascinating part of the American Revolution that we seldom hear about is the loyalist or tory experience. We grow up thinking they were the enemies of freedom. They were wealthy and corrupt supporters of the King scheming against the.. read more →

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 →