St. Paul’s Chapel, an episcopal church located at 209 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, opened in 1766 and is Manhattan‘s oldest surviving church building. It survived the fire of 1776 and was where many of the Founding fathers prayed. These included George Washington, who famously went there after his inauguration on April 30, 1789. [Read more…] about St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan Seminar Planned
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On November 25, 1783 the British military officially withdrew from the city of New York, their last stronghold in the American colonies, and George Washington’s army took control of the city, closing the final military chapter in the Revolutionary War.
The raising of the American flag on a greased pole at Bowling Green by Revolutionary War soldier John Van Arsdale symbolized this victory for more than 130 years. Until 1916 “Evacuation Day” was a major patriotic holiday in the city, comparable to July 4th (Independence Day). [Read more…] about NYC Evacuation Day Celebration Set for November 25th
For many years New York City has not been known for its patriotic ceremonies recognizing important Revolutionary War heroes or sites.
Recently this has begun to change, beginning with the rediscovery of the grave of General Horatio Gates, who many consider the second most important American general of the American Revolution. Until about ten years ago his grave located in Trinity Churchyard in Manhattan was completely unmarked.
Gates was the commanding general at the Battle of Saratoga in October of 1777, which most historians agree was the most important battle of the American Revolution and the turning point of the Revolutionary War. He played another important role in early American politics in the city of New York after the war. [Read more…] about General Horatio Gates in New York City: A Political Legacy
During the 1970s, the most important July 4th event in New York City became the previously established Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. The highly publicized event proved to be a huge success, but lacked historical context or political meaning. [Read more…] about 4th of July in New York City: Recent History and 2023 Plans
Several local entrepreneurs conceived of the idea that a replica of the Hermione should be built and sailed to the United States as a goodwill gesture. It was hoped that the project would perhaps improve the local economy and also remind Americans of the important historical ties between the United States and France. [Read more…] about Why Not? The Return of Lafayette’s Hermoine in 2024
The Lower Manhattan Historical Association will honor the 292th anniversary of the consecration of the first synagogue in North America on April 8th. The ceremony will involve the presentation of the Gershom Mendes Seixas Religious Freedom Award to Rabbi Joseph Potasnik who has fostered Rabbi Seixas’ ideals of religious freedom. [Read more…] about Rabbi Joseph Potasnik To Receive Religious Freedom Award