The Hamilton and Burr Duel Does Anyone Really Know What Happened? Many Versions of the Story There seem to be endless versions of the story of the duel that occurred July 11, 1804 between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.  Sometimes I hang around Trinity Church after finishing my tours just to listen to the different.. read more →

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 →