George Washington Dinner at Morris-Jumel Mansion

July 3, 2024

 The landmark Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum will be holding this year’s George Washington Dinner on Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Harlem, New York.

This year, the signature fundraising event takes place on Bastille Day, the French National Day, and recognizes the historic connection between the U.S. and liberty, equality and brotherhood, (liberté, égalité, fraternité) principles that continue to resonate today. The dinner thus marries the past, present, and future of the Mansion, which is the oldest residence in Manhattan and has played a part in US and New York City history since it was built in 1765.

The unique annual event commemorates the July 1790 dinner hosted at the Mansion by President George Washington and his wife Martha for his Cabinet and their wives, including John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, and others. While the inspiration for the George Washington Dinner is the past, the purpose is rooted in the present and future. The event raises much-needed funds for low cost and free programs and events at the Mansion, which is committed to being an active hub for the diverse community it serves in upper Manhattan, across New York City, and beyond.

Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment in the mansion and on the grounds of the Roger Morris Park. The evening’s program includes a performance by The New York Baroque Dance Company and remarks by New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs, whose most recent book The Year of Living Constitutionally was featured on CBS Sunday Morning in a segment taped in part at Morris-Jumel Mansion. Special guests confirmed to date include Council Member Gail Brewer, State Senator Robert Jackson, and Manhattan Borough Commissioner for Parks Tricia Shimamura.

A growing list of sponsors include dynamic organizations of New York City as well as generous individuals, led by Signature Sponsor Harlem Community Development Corporation and (listed alphabetically) Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Edge Hotel Washington Heights; Landair Project Services; George McKay; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Bruce & Lynne Robertson/Compass Realty; Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP; and Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at CUNY.

Three Honorary Chairs for 2024 include Katherine Diaz, Chairperson, New York City Manhattan Community Board 12; Dr. Keith Taylor, MA, CPP, CEM, MEP; Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ildiko Juhasz, Vice President, Global Communications, Interparfums, Inc. and Adjunct Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology.

Tickets for the event are $295 and tables of 10 can be reserved. See the event web page for more information: 

Sponsorships ranging from $750 to $20,000 are available. Contact for more information on becoming a sponsor.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Morris-Jumel Mansion (MJM) is Manhattan’s oldest surviving residence and one of the nation’s foremost historic house museums. Built in upper Manhattan in 1765, the mission of MJM is to preserve, collect, and interpret history, culture, and the arts to explore inclusive narratives that engage and inspire diverse audiences, serving as a community hub while attracting thousands of visitors a year from around the world. A robust calendar of events and programs for all ages are produced and hosted each year.

Dubbed by Duke Ellington “the jewel in the crown of Sugar Hill,” MJM has borne witness to much of New York City’s rich history. The property is located on the ancestral homeland of the Lenape people, and the history of the house includes serving as the headquarters for General George Washington as well as the British military and Hessian troops during the American Revolution. The home became a museum in 1904, and in 1966 it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated MJM an Individual Landmark in 1967 and an Interior Landmark in 1975.  MJM is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

Learn more about MJM and upcoming events at the website:

Photo credit: Jume Mansion Museum.

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