2010 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award Winners Announced

The winner of the 2010 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award is “The Peasant Prince, Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution” by Alex Storozynski, published by Thomas Dunne Books. “This book is a fine account of one of the most passionate defenders of freedom in history,” said Anthony Wellman, spokesman for Fraunces Tavern Museum.

The Awards Committee also recognized two additional titles this year. For Honorable Mention: “An Artist in Treason, The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson” by Andro Linklater, published by Walker & Company. For Special Recognition: “George Washington at Headquarters, Dobbs Ferry” by Mary Donovan, published by IUniverse.

Regarding the two titles Mr. Wellman added, “‘An Artist in Treason’ brings into lively focus the charismatic contradiction that was General James Wilkinson. ‘George Washington at Headquarters’ adeptly reveals how 48 days at Dobbs Ferry changed the American War for Independence.”

All three honorees will be recognized at an annual dinner known as the Family Night Stated Meeting on April 26 at Fraunces Tavern in New York City. This annual dinner event commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord. (This will be the 235th anniversary of those events.) Mr. Storozynski will be the evening’s featured speaker.

The Family Night Stated Meeting will begin at 6:30 pm at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street and is open to the public by advance reservations only. Tickets are $65 per person and payment by credit card or check payable to the Sons of the Revolution must be received by April 20th. For more information or to make a reservation please contact the Administrator, Sons of the Revolution In The State of New York, Inc., 54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004. Telephone 212-425-1776.

– About Fraunces Tavern –

Fraunces Tavern was built in 1719 as an elegant residence and purchased in 1762 by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces. The tavern played a significant role in pre-Revolutionary War activities and later housed early U.S. government offices of the Departments of War, Treasury and Foreign Affairs (today’s State Department). It is best known as the site where General George Washington bade farewell to the officers of the Continental Army on December 4th, 1783.

In 1904, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York purchased the tavern, saving it from the wrecking ball. A restored Fraunces Tavern was opened to the public in 1907 featuring a Museum and Restaurant. Both operations have continued, independently run, to this day. In 2008 Fraunces Tavern was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Fraunces Tavern is a registered service mark of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, instituted in 1876 and incorporated in 1884.