Past Events


The Inauguration of George Washington
April 30, 2013

Come celebrate the anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States. An historical reenactor will play George Washington and describe in detail the events of the first inauguration.

First Lady Dolley Madison
March 21, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As part of our ongoing recognition of Women's History Month, an historical reenactor will portray First Lady Dolley Madison and discuss life in the early 1800s in Washington, D.C.

Women's History Month Film Series
Women in the White House
March 20, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

Women's History Month Film Series
One Woman One Vote
March 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Women's History Month Film Series
Founding Mothers
March 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m.

The Founding Fathers accomplished amazing things, but they did not act alone. This film focuses on the important roles played by women such as Martha Washington and others in the creation of the United States.

Hercules: Culinary Artisan and Escaped Slave
February 22, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

National Park Service Rangers were honored to welcome an historical reenactor portraying Hercules to Federal Hall National Memorial on February 22. The special program explored the life of the extraordinary escaped slave and gourmet expert of the colonial period.



Lower Manhattan Walking Tours
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.



New York Won and Lost: September 1776

Join the National Park Service at Federal Hall National Memorial for a special program on the American Revolution and its impact on New York City.

Defend Wall Street! The Draft Riots

National Park Service staff in period clothing and uniforms discussed the Draft Riots of 1863 and the defense of the building by the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines and NYC Police Department.

Commemoration of Washington's 1st Inauguration

The National Park Service had activities celebrating the 220th anniversary of the inauguration of our 1st President, George Washington, in Federal Hall on April 30, 1789.

National Park Week

National Park Week is an annual Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of Your National Parks. Rangers offered special talks about the National Park Service.

Women's History Month: "The Women of Early New York"

National Park Service Rangers and costumed re-enactors depicting 18th-century women celebrated the role of women in the development and growth of New York.

African American History Month: "The Long Road to Freedom"

National Park Service Rangers and costumed re-enactors depicting soldiers of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment (Colonial forces) and the Ethiopian Regiment (British forces) honored Americans, enslaved Africans, and African-Americans in a special performance of the original production, "The Long Road to Freedom."

Happy Birthday, Mr. Washington!

The National Park Service and the National Archives and Record Administration held a special celebration in honor of the 267th birthday of America's first President!

From the 1st to the 44th: Inauguration Day

Federal Hall National Memorial rests on the site of the first U.S. capitol building, where George Washington was inaugurated as the nation's first president. To commemorate its presidential legacy, Federal Hall held a day-long celebration on January 20th.



Evacuation Day

On November 25, 1783, the British military officially withdrew from New York City, ending its occupation by British forces and marking the cessation of hostilities between Great Britain and its former colonies. In 2008, we commemorated the 225th anniversary of the end of the Revolutionary War.

Battle Week and the 1776 New York Campaign

For one month in the summer of 1776, General George Washington utilized New York's City Hall, now the site of Federal Hall National Memorial, as his headquarters. After the seizure of New York by the Crown Forces, the building was utilized as a barracks, storehouse, and military courts by the British Army during the Revolutionary War.

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