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Contact: John Harlan Warren, 917-829-0425
WHAT: Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning the story of Deborah Samson Gannett, who fought in the American Revolution. "Private Robert Shurtleff," as she was known to the Army, was honorably discharged in 1783. She returned to Massachusetts, married a farmer, raised four children and published her memoirs. For nearly 30 years, she petitioned the government for back pay and benefits she believed she had earned from her military service.
WHEN: Two programs, at 11 A.M. and 2 P.M. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Programs are free of charge.
WHERE: Federal Hall National Memorial, located at 26 Wall Street in lower Manhattan. Admission is free.
WHO: Allison Leigh Cowan, a former New York Times reporter, wrote about Mrs. Gannett for the Huffington Post as someone who might be featured on U.S. currency.
About Federal Hall National Memorial
For 17 momentous months, from 1789 to 1790, the location of Federal Hall National Memorial was the seat of the United States federal government under the new Constitution. Moving into the former New York City Hall, Congress passed many of the founding laws of the nation and approved the Bill of Rights for ratification by the states. The 1883 statue of George Washington commemorates where our first president took the oath of office on April 30, 1789. The original building, torn down in 1812, was also the site of the trail and acquittal of printer John Peter Zenger in 1735 and the location where the Continental Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, defined the process of creating new states. The current building, constructed in 1842 as the U.S. Customs House, is one of the architectural marvels of New York City.