2021 CULPER SPY DAY
Saturday, September 18, 2021
2020 CULPER SPY DAY (virtual)
Visit many cultural organizations in a virtual format.
Take a close look at the George Washington spy letters at Stony Brook University's Special Collections and Archives (lecture, website, and research guide)
Join Margo Arceri from Tri-Spy Tours live from the Village Green at 9 a.m.
Meet Big Bill the Tory live at the Sherwood-Jayne House
Take a Virtual Spies! Exhibit Tour with TVHS Historian Bev Tyler
Visit the famous Brewster House with Ward Melville Heritage Organization Education Director Deborah Boudreau
View a resource guide to everything Culper Spy Day courtesy of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Watch a short film on Long Island's South Shore from the Ketcham Inn Foundation
Make your very own periscope with Gallery North
Read up on the Revolutionary War History from Caroline Church of Brookhaven
Look back at the festivities from our 2016 Culper Spy Day
Don't miss the 5 part virtual spy tour series with Bev Tyler
Find out who Agent 355 was from Bev Tyler
Listen to the story of Nancy's Magic Clothesline, written by Kate Wheeler Strong, told by Margo Arceri
2019 CULPER SPY DAY
Saturday, September 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As part of Culper Spy Day, Special Collections will have on view from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. its original Culper Spy Ring letters authored by George Washington. Read more and learn about purchasing tickets here.
Learn about Anna Smith Strong.
Tour Caroline Church of Brookhaven & Setauket Presbyterian Church and historic cemeteries
Take part in an invisible Ink Demonstration and learn how the Culper Spies communicated with one another
Join children’s book author, Selene Castrovilla for a Book Signing
View the Vance Locke murals at Setauket Elementary School
Visit with a Miller Grinding Grain and a Blacksmith working with iron
Enjoy Live Colonial Music and have a taste of Colonial food from a live Hearth Cooking Demonstration
Enjoy a Spy Themed Breakfast at The Historic Three Village Inn
Enjoy a Special Spy Themed Lunch at The Historic Country House Restaurant
Visit with a Revolutionary War Encampment & view Battle Re-Enactments
Meet Benjamin Tallmadge, Abraham Woodhull, Robert Townsend, Anna Smith Strong and Big Bill the Tory
Visit the historic Brewster and Thompson Houses
View the Setauket and Stony Brook Grist Mills in action
Take a historic walking or bike tour
Visit the Historical Society Tavern on the Field for snacks or lunch
2018 CULPER SPY DAY
Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 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 Society. A 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.
2017 CULPER SPY DAY
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.
2016 CULPER SPY DAY
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!
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