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Fred Cookinham on Evacuation Day

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Join us on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to hear Fred Cookinham speak on Evacuation Day - when the British evacuated NYC and the War for Independence was over.

The event will take place in the Library of the Queens Pride House located at 76-11 37th Avenue, Suite 206, Jackson Heights, New York 11372.

ADMISSION FEE: $3.00 for Queens LP members; $5.00 for Non-Members.

If you are driving, arrive early to look for free street parking. There are also many 2-hour Muni-Meter spots and a nearby parking lot.

If you are coming by subway, use the IRT "7" Flushing Line and exit at 74th Street/Broadway. You can also use the IND "E", "F" or "R" Queens Blvd. Lines and exit at the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue stop.

If you get lost, call Dr. Tom Stevens on his cell phone at 718-357-7075.


EVACUATION DAY -- November 25, 1783 -- was the last day of the War for Independence. New York was the main British base in the 13 rebellious colonies from September, 1776 to November, 1783, and their evacuation meant peace and reconstruction for the city and the nation. It was the greatest day in the long history of New York City. Re-live General Washington's triumphant re-entry into the capital city of British America, and learn about the tragedies and resilience of the thousands whose lives had been torn apart by revolution and civil war.


Frederick Cookinham, licensed New York City tour guide, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in American History at Cortland State College in 1976, and his Master’s at Brooklyn College in 1987. Fred has led tours for the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Prof. Kenneth Jackson’s class at Columbia U., the New-York Historical Society, the Art Deco Society of New York, the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, the Princeton Club, three book clubs, the Mont Pelerin Society of international economists, Fraunces Tavern Museum, and Grayline.

He is the author of THE AGE OF RAND: IMAGINING AN OBJECTIVIST FUTURE WORLD, available from (