There are points in American history where certain groups cultures or individuals either directly affected the progression of the country or the progression of the country affected them.

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There are points in American history where certain groups cultures or individuals either directly affected the progression of the country or the progression of the country affected them. Examples of these are can be found at museums such as the Museum of American Financial History, The Fraunces Tavern Museum, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the National Museum of the American Indian. Each Museum showcases exhibits that in different forms show certain groups and individuals that have contributed to American history.

Found in the heart of New York's financial district, the historic 18th century Fraunces Tavern, houses a fine museum that is dedicated to the study of early American history and culture. The tavern itself is a historic landmark and greatly aided the efforts of the new country in many different ways. In 1762 an enterprising and ambitious innkeeper named Samuel Fraunces purchased a three-story brick mansion which had been built on one of Manhattan Island's first landfills.

Mr. Fraunces tavern was frequented by the leaders of a revolution and thus became more than just a local bar. Samuel Fraunces owned the tavern building for 23 years, during which it witnessed unprecedented events that changed the course of history. It was here, in 1768, that the first New York Chamber of Commerce was born. Fraunces also played host to the Sons of Liberty who helped gain support for the coming revolution, It was at a meeting of the Congress of New York, that Samuel Fraunces first met George Washington. The two men developed a long lasting friendship, which led to Fraunces' appointment as Chief Steward in our first President's household. Fraunces Tavern is most often remembered for serving George Washington, who spent many hours enjoying his host's dinner and various other forms of entertainment. It was...



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