06 Jun 2017
June 6, 2017

Charlotte Temple

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The Scandalous Story of Charlotte Temple Charlotte Temple, or “Charlotte: A Tale of Truth”, was published in London in 1791. Written by Susanna Rowson, it was a best seller in London and New York in the seduction novel genre that was popular at the time. But was it just a novel or was it a.. 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 →

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 →

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


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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 →