FYI: The New-York Historical Society was into Alexander Hamilton way before it was cool to be into Alexander Hamilton. The institution’s got the artifacts and the connections to prove it, and now that the founding father is the hottest thing on Broadway and beyond, the museum is celebrating the big Ham with a special Summer of Hamilton exhibit and programming series. If you’ve got a newly-hatched historical musical theater obsessive in the house (that’s kind of a thing now right?), listen up!
Back By Popular Demand
Believe it or not, in 2004 the New-York Historical Society and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America. (It was a landmark exhibit, but you could, in fact, get in — and it didn’t cost several Benjamins.)
The two cultural institutions have partnered yet again to bring together a collection Hamilton-related artifacts and documents, which will be complemented by a series of talks, educational programs and family-friendly activities dedicated to the suddenly, and somewhat improbably, hip historical figure.
Some Old, Some New, Some Lin-Manuel Miranda-Related
Among the highlights that will be on view during the Summer of Hamilton are life-size bronze statues depicting Hamilton and Burr in the midst of their deadly duel, pistols drawn and aimed at one another. The statues, created by sculptor Kim Crowley, were previously on loan to The Public Theater and were displayed in its lobby during the off-Broadway run of Hamilton. Also featured will be the monumental tall case clock presented by Hamilton in 1797 to the Bank of New York, which will return to the New-York Historical Society after a years-long loan to the Bank. Hamilton’s desk, at which the prolific writer penned his correspondence, will be exhibited on loan from the Museum of the City of New York.
This is all in addition to the Hamilton items on permanent display at the NYHS as part of its “New York Rising” exhibit, which includes the marble cenotaph marking where Hamilton was wounded, a gold mourning ring set with a lock of Hamilton’s hair (!), and Burr’s death mask.
Fun on Fridays, Camp for Older Kids, and Reenactors
Also on the horizon: Hamilton Fridays, pay-as-you-wish Friday nights which will present fun ways to further learn about the statesman and explore the influences behind the musical.
Still seeking a camp for your middle school-age kids? During “Camp History: Alexander Hamilton’s World,” week-long camps will offer campers info about Hamilton’s world in the mornings and help kids develop an understanding of his life by writing about it in the afternoons while being taught by expert author-educators from Writopia Labs.
And every weekend in July and August, historical reenactors—portraying Revolutionary War soldiers, Hamilton himself or other figures from the colonial and early republic eras—will be on hand, ready to bring Hamilton’s history to life.
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at West 77th St.)
Upper West Side
Will your family be checking out the Summer of Hamilton? Let us know in the comments!
— Lambeth Hochwald