June through November
The National Park Service and National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy are offering special walking tours in lower Manhattan that talk about the unique history of the area. The "New York Freedom Trail" explores New York City's role in the Revolutionary War. The "New Amsterdam Trail" delves into the city's earliest years as a Dutch colony. "This Hallowed Ground" reveals the often overlooked contribution of both enslaved and free Africans in the building of early New York.
Battle Week 2011 at Federal Hall
August 19, 12:30 p.m.
This celebration of the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn featured a reading of the Declaration of Independence and an exibition of nearly 80 regimental flags from the American Revolution.
'Defend Wall Street'- Draft Riots of 1863
July 12, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
This event commemorated the brave efforts of the New York City Metropolitan Police and members of the United States armed forces in defending and protecting Federal Hall in 1863. At the time, it was a U.S. sub-treasury in danger of being looted during the riots set off by the Civil War draft.
Women At War
March 20, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The program was the final installment of NPS' Women's History Month series, "American Women Through the Ages." It honored the roles in which women have served the United States during times of armed conflict from World War II to the present, including the home front.
A National Park Service Ranger offered costumed interpretation of an American Red Cross 'Clubmobile' worker from WWII and the National Archives will be on hand to share documents and photos from the era.
Women veterans and current United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy members spoke throughout the day, sharing their military experiences with visitors and answering questions. Informational displays offered information about each of the services along with the USO and the United War Veterans Council.
American Women Through History
A Women's History Month Series, 10:30a.m., Wednesdays in March.
The National Park Service (NPS) held a special month-long program focusing on the women of America, one era at a time, at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Federal Hall National Memorial. This free Women's History Month series delved into the roles of women, including jobs and social position, through costumed interpretation by NPS Ranger Vivian Davis.
Hercules: One of History's Lost Voices
A Black History Month Program, 11:30 a.m., February 17
This special program explored the life of Hercules, one of George Washington's slaves. Flamboyant, larger than life, Hercules was Washington's talented chef in Mount Vernon, New York and in Philadelphia. Actor Bruce Robinson lovingly brings this unique historic figure to life. Robinson will also answer questions about Hercules's life following the performance.