Press Release: Premier of Nevis to visit New York City for Alexander Hamilton events
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Program of events in New York City
January 10 and 11, 2014
Contact: Nicole Scholet
Vice-President, The AHA Society
Premier of Nevis to visit New York City for Alexander Hamilton events
By Nicole Scholet
January 5, 2014
New York, NY – The Honourable Vance Amory, Premier of of Nevis, is visiting New York City for the annual Happy Birthday Hamilton! program held on January 10th and 11th to celebrate the birthday of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Alexander Hamilton was born on the island Nevis on January 11, 1757 and grew up in the Caribbean before emigrating north and adopting New York City as his home. The events of Happy Birthday Hamilton! take place in both locations.
Last year’s program was the first ever celebration to have a virtual link between Hamilton’s birthplace on Nevis and birthday festivities in New York City. This year, the events are expanding.
Happy Birthday Hamilton! kicks off in lower Manhattan on Friday, January 10th at 11:45 a.m. with a ceremony to raise the flag of St. Kitts and Nevis at Bowling Green near the Charging Bull statue. The Premier of Nevis will be leading the ceremony.
“We are so honored that the Premier is coming all the way up from Nevis to celebrate Alexander Hamilton’s birthday in New York City. His presence is a very special and symbolic connection of the important tie Nevis and New York City shares,” says Rand Scholet, President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, which puts on the Happy Birthday Hamilton! program.
Following the flag-raising ceremony will be a special rededication of the Alexander Hamilton monument at Trinity Church, beginning at 12:45 p.m. The monument, erected over Hamilton’s grave over 200 years ago, was recently cleaned and restored. After the unveiling of a commemorative Nevis stamp in honor of Alexander Hamilton and the unveiling of the grave itself, Capt. Loebl, Commander of Sector New York of the US Coast Guard, will speak inside Trinity Church on Alexander Hamilton and his founding of the Coast Guard.
Later on Friday there will be a synchronized birthday celebration at the Museum of American Finance in New York City and at the Alexander Hamilton Museum in Nevis, the site of Alexander Hamilton’s birthplace. Both locations will be linked via a video network connection, bringing the two locations together. The cake-cutting begins at 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. in Nevis). On the Nevis side, Prime Minister Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis will speak, while Alexander Hamilton descendant Doug Hamilton will cut the cake at the Museum of American Finance. Also, winners of the Alexander Hamilton Scholarship in Nevis will be announced.
Other events for Happy Birthday Hamilton! include special presentations at Federal Hall, Hamilton Grange National Memorial (Hamilton’s home), Morris-Jumel Mansion, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The full schedule of events can be found under “Official Events” online at The-AHA-Society.com.
About The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (The AHA Society) was created to promote a more accurate and widespread understanding of one of the United States' most influential Founding Fathers - Alexander Hamilton. Officially formed in October 2011, The AHA Society raises awareness on Alexander Hamilton and the Founding period through a variety of initiatives, including annual events, informational websites, outreach programs, exhibits, and more.