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George Washington and the Culper Spy Ring: Culper Spy Day

Research Materials about George Washington, the Culper Spy Ring, and the American Revolutionary War

2019 CULPER SPY DAY: Saturday, September 14



Saturday, September 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more and learn about purchasing tickets hereA collaboration of more than 25 local institutions and organizations, an activity-filled day of community events will highlight the amazing history behind George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. To purchase tickets and read about the events, please visit the website of the Three Village Historical SocietyA ticket is required to access the participating venues.

Special Collections will have on view its two George Washington letters from 11 am to 12 pm and 1pm to 2pm.

The Three Village area is full of hidden intrigue and stories of how America's first spy ring secretly came together to provide George Washington the information he needed to turn the tide of the American Revolution. On Culper Spy Day, you will have the chance to visit the places where history was made and visit with area groups to learn about the patriots who risked their lives. Culper Spy Day is collaboration of local historical and cultural organizations that host diverse events to tell the amazing history behind the Ring. Activities throughout the community included tours, battle reenactments, colonial cooking demonstrations, musical performances, crafts and more. 


Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special Collections Hosts Tours and More on Culper Spy Day.

More than 100 visitors experienced history first-hand in Special Collections on Saturday, September 16 for the third annual Culper Spy Day. Through guided tours, they learned about the spy ring and viewed SBU’s two original George Washington letters written during the American Revolution. 


Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Special Collections proudly participated in “Culper Spy Day: Our Revolutionary Story” on Saturday, July 23.

A collaboration of 17 local institutions and organizations, an activity-filled day of events from Oyster Bay to Port Jefferson highlighted the amazing history behind George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring.
Visitors from the New York metropolitan area, and from as far as Missouri, made the trip to Special Collections to view its two George Washington spy letters written in 1779 and 1780. Guests learned details about the content of the letters, background about how they were acquired, and their restoration by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia. Dozens of questions were fielded and answered throughout the day, and visitors shared their own research and ideas about the impact of the Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolution. Special Collections looks forward to participating at future Culper Spy Day events!