Book Award Committee

Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award
Since 1972 the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award has been presented annually to the author of the best newly published work on the American Revolution, combining original scholarship, insight and good writing. This award is one way the Museum fulfills the mission to educate the public about the Revolution and acknowledge the historical community dedicated to the study and public education regarding the American fight for freedom.

Book Award Recipients

Which Books Qualify?
All qualifying book submissions thesis must align with the Museum’s mission: Fraunces Tavern Museum’s mission is to educate the public and create genuine appreciation for New York City history as it relates to Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. Books written specifically about a topic relating directly to the American Revolutionary War will be given greater consideration. Books must be originally published in the US within the calendar year under review.

How are Books Submitted?
Books are submitted to the Education & Public Programs Manager at Fraunces Tavern Museum. Only publishers, authors and similar book representatives may submit books. Committee members, including the Chairman, may submit books recommendations for the Manager to solicit from the publishers. Publishers must formally submit book recommendations to be considered for the Award. To contact the Manager, please email

Submissions must include the following:

Mail Submissions To:
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Attn: Book Award Committee
54 Pearl Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004

The deadline for submissions is January 1

 All books must officially be submitted according to the guidelines below in order to be considered for the Book Award. If a Committee member would like to have a notable book considered for the award, please send the book title, author name, and publishing company to

Official Reading List 2018

How are Winners selected?
Once a book is formally submitted the Director of Education & Public Programs adds it to the Qualifying Book List. The Director then gives the list to the members of the Book Award Committee*. Each committee member chooses to read books from the list according to their preference. They must then fill out the Review Form and submit it to the Committee Chairman.  The Chairman is responsible for making sure all the books on the Qualifying Book List are read and reviewed at least once.

The book Review Form includes the following:

Complete the book Review Form.

The Museum maintains two copies of every officially submitted book. Committee members can freely borrow these books. Borrowing requests must be made to the Museum’s Education & Public Programs Manager at Requests will be fulfilled according to availability. Books are shipped via UPS. Books must be returned to the Museum in a timely manner – return postage not included.

In early February the Chairmen gives all the reviews to the Committee members and sets a February meeting date to pick the winner. The Committee votes on the winner, runner-up and honorable mention.

Presenting the Book Award
The Book Award Winner, Runner-Up and Honorable Mention will be announced the last week in February after the close of the qualifying year. Recipients will be notified using the submitted contact information.

The Winner, Runner-Up and Honorable Mention will be invited to attend the Museum’s annual Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award dinner in April, where they will be presented with the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award. Recipients must be able to attend the ceremony in order to officially receive the Book Award.

*Book Award Committee members are selected by the Society President. If you are interested in joining the Committee please contact the current President.