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Summer 2012 #5 Teresa Carpenter at Fraunces Tavern Museum

On August 16, Teresa Carpenter shared from her book New York Diaries at Fraunces Tavern Museum.  A project that took hers even years, Carpenter used 120 diaries, making her selection based on how the entry affected her, discovering many tiny details about NewYork from them.
What a wonderful setting for this talk by presenting it at Fraunces Tavern Museum! 
Built in 1719 as Stephan Delaney’s residence, it became a popular tavern when Samuel Fraunces bought it in 1762.  George Washington gave his farewell address here to the Continental Army officers in 1783, since many pre-Revolutionary activities took place within its walls.
When New York was our country’s first capital, The Department of War, Treasury, and Foreign Affairs rented the tavern for its offices.  The Sons of the Revolution bought this historic building in 1904, returning it to its colonial state, opening to the public as a museum in 1907.
I could relate to the many hours Teresa Carpenter spent on her project, since my own research of the history of Tottenville involved more time than I ever anticipated on the research. Her talk inspired me with an idea about which I’d like to reach out to you, my readers.
Do any of you have any diaries from people in Tottenville?  Your own, a parent’s, grandparent’s, or one found in your Tottenville home when you bought it?  What a magnificent source of information and inspiration they would be!
I am basing Tottenville Speaks on the premise of the people from our town, both from the past and presently, sharing their lives with readers. 
So, please join into this project. 
Either comment on this blog post or send me an email at and let’s make sure this written record becomes a reality, teaching future generations about the people of our wonderful town.
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