History After Hours: Death and Taxes

Risk financial ruin and learn who went for total monopoly in this game of life during a high stakes after hours inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s favorite certainties.

Throughout the evening, try a free cocktail sampling with Bluecoat Elderflower Gin in Cross Keys Café, then test your knowledge with trivia about Benjamin Franklin’s life and work to win a spin of the prize wheel.

In the Museum’s rotunda, design a giant felt coin and play “The Stamp is Right!” to learn about the Stamp Act and how much taxable items would have cost. Also, view a Continental Congress $2 note that was recently donated to the Museum.

At 6 p.m., join author Stephen Fried for a discussion entitled “The Death & Rebirth of Dr. Benjamin Rush: The Secrets He Took to His Grave Helped Rewrite American History,” based on his recent book RUSH: Revolution, Madness and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father (2018). He will sign copies of his book following the talk.

Our History After Hours series features extended evening hours from 5 – 8 p.m., special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials, and full access to the Museum’s exhibits including timed screenings of Washington's War Tent.

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