Hosted by The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
New York City and Northeast New Jersey
July 11-14, 2013
The Annual CelebrateHAMILTON Event celebrates Alexander Hamilton's life and achievements. Events scheduled include author talks, debates, special exhibits, and tours of iconic locations related to Alexander Hamilton. All events take place in New York City or Northern New Jersey - Weehawken, Paterson, and Morristown. Don't miss our big event at Trinity Church with Tom Fleming on Friday, July 12th at 1 PM!
See the July 2013 CelebrateHAMILTON schedule from our e-flyer or view the event details below.
Note: All events are free unless other specified. We rely solely on donations to fund our events. We are grateful for any form of assistance or contribution to support our ambitious programs.
More event details will be added shortly. Check back for updates.
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Thursday, July 11th, 2013
2013 marks a decade of Hamilton Fun Run, created by InShape Fitness NYC. This year, The AHA Society is partnering up with them for the 11-mile fun run through Manhattan. The run stretches from Alexander Hamilton's grave to his "country home," Hamilton Grange.
The AHA Society will be waiting at Hamilton Grange to welcome the runners at the end of their run with some Alexander Hamilton goodies. Grab your running shoes and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hamilton Fun Run with us!
Time: 6-8 AM
Run Route: Trinity Church to Hamilton Grange
Run Route Detail
The run begins at 6 am at Trinity Church on Wall Street and Broadway, where Alexander Hamilton is buried. The route will take runners past Federal Hall (where President George Washington was inaugurated), up Nassau Street, to Church Street. After passing through Tribeca and over to Fifth Avenue, the group will travel up to Central Park and make a brief stop at the Alexander Hamilton statue in the park. From the top of the Central Park, the runners will head up St. Nicholas Avenue up to the Grange, the only home that Alexander Hamilton ever owned. The run is easy-paced - around a 10 minute mile - with frequent stops for water.
Hamilton-Burr Duel Site
Meet near Hamilton Park for a gathering overlooking the duel site to commemorate the 209th anniversary of the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. We will read eyewitness accounts of the duel and discuss the events leading up to the "interview."
Time: 12- 1 PM
Location: Alexander Hamilton statue
Hamilton Ave in Weehawken, New Jersey
Hamilton vs. Jefferson "Debate"
National Hamilton Scholar Dr. William G. Chrystal will become Alexander Hamilton for the evening to both entertain and educate attendees in a "debate" with Thomas Jefferson. After the presentation, a Q&A session will be held, followed by a reception.
The event is co-hosted by the Museum of American Finance. Today the Museum of American Finance is housed in the Bank of New York building, a bank which was founded by Alexander Hamilton.
Registration is recommended to guarantee a spot; to do so, you can register on the Museum of American Finance page for this event.
Time: 5:30 - 7 PM
Location: Museum of American Finance
48 Wall Street, Manhattan
Friday, July 12th, 2013
Meet for a guided tour of the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House. The building, with its stunning beaux-arts architecture dating back to 1907, stands on the site of Ft. George, where Hamilton once fought. Today the building houses the National Archives at New York City and the New York Branch of the Museum of the American Indian. Don't miss out on our special access tour to see an original document signed by both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
Time: 10 AM
Location: 1 Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan, NY
Meeting location: Outside the building's north entrance (looking out onto Bowling Green Park), to the right of the entry staircase.
- Outside: Our tour will began by looking at exterior of the Customs House building to admire the impressive architecture and learn more about the building's history.
- Rotunda: After passing through security, we will meet under the picturesque rotunda, where we will learn a bit about Alexander Hamilton and the US Customs Service.
- National Archives at New York City: Our major tour highlight is to the newly-located National Archives at New York City. Here, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes visit to the Special Projects room to view an original document signed by both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
- Museum of the American Indian: Our tour will end in front of the Museum of the American Indian with a short narrative about Alexander Hamilton and Native Americans. Tour participants are then welcome inside the exhibits to explore it more fully on their own.
Join us in the Trinity Church courtyard for a brief memorial service to honor Alexander Hamilton. Trinity Church officials will lead a procession to Hamilton's grave, followed by a wreath laying and flower laying ceremony. The service will be directly followed by a special talk with author Thomas Fleming inside Trinity Church (see below).
Note: Feel free to join us bring flowers to leave at the gravesite.
Time: 1:00-1:15 PM
Location: Hamilton's Gravesite at Trinity Church
Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan
Author Talk by Thomas Fleming
Historian Thomas Fleming will be speaking on Alexander Hamilton inside Trinity Wall Street. His talk is entitled "Alexander Hamilton: Realist and Visionary."
Fleming's books on the Revolutionary War and Alexander Hamilton include Duel, The Perils of Peace, and Liberty! Learn more about Thomas Fleming from his official website.
Time: 1:15-2:15 PM
Location: Trinity Church, on Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan
Exhibit at Columbia University Archives: "Alexander Hamilton: Founder and Visionary"
The Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University is home to a rich collection of Alexander Hamilton artifacts, which includes Elizabeth's wedding ring, a first edition copy of the Federalist owned by Alexander Hamilton, a Hamilton miniature portrait, and important state documents.
In collaboration with The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, Columbia Archives has put together a special exhibit made up of some of these items. Join us anytime between 3:00 -4:45 as our AHA Society curator leads you through the exhibit on a special tour.
Time: 3 PM
Location: Butler Library, 535 W 114th St, New York, NY
Note: Please bring a form of government-issued ID with you to pass through security.
Unable to attend that day? Columbia Archives has extended the Hamilton exhibit from July 10th through August 30th so that you may visit and see some of the artifacts at your convenience.
On view at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East, Columbia University
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am – 4:45pm
NOTE! Visitors need to present a government-issued photo ID to gain access to the exhibition.
Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Hamilton Grange Visit
Join us at Hamilton Grange, Alexander Hamilton's summer home. Constructed in 1802, it was the only home that Hamilton personally owned. Activities planned for the day include house tours, presentations, and more.
10 AM - Park Rangers will read the letters exchanged between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that led up to the duel.
11 AM - Rand Scholet, Founder of The AHA Society, presents "America's Indispensable Founder."
Visit the National Park Service page about Hamilton Grange.
Time: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Location: St. Nicholas Park, on West 141st Street, Hamilton Heights
"Verbal Duel" at Morris-Jumel Mansion
Historians representing both Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton verbally duel each other in the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Upper Manhattan. Interestingly, both of these Founding Fathers have a history with the house - Alexander Hamilton dined here during an early Washington cabinet meeting and Aaron Burr lived in the house later in his life.
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY
See the All Places Hamilton page on the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
'Birthplace of Manufacturing' Visit
Don't miss a special event at the birthplace of American manufacturing to celebrate Alexander Hamilton's role in founding the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (SUM). The visit will include a stop at the Alexander Hamilton Statue and overlook of the Great Falls, the Paterson Museum, and a guided audio tour walk along Mill Mile that traces the history of manufacturing in the U.S.
At 4 PM, Dr. William G. Chrystal will present "Manufacturing: American Independence" at the Paterson Museum.
Note: If you have a smart phone, download the free app called "Mill Mile-Paterson Nat'l Park" before the event. It is a stunning app! Get it now from Google Play.
Time: 2:30-5:30 PM
Meeting location: The Alexander Hamilton Statue
at the Great Falls of the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey
Sunday, July 14th, 2013
'Love and War in Morristown'
The AHA Society celebrates the importance of Morristown as a winter headquarters during the Revolutionary War with a full day of activities. Join us as 'Alexander Hamilton' himself guides us through his old haunts in the heart of Morristown. Come for one or all of the events!
Visiting locations include: Presbyterian Church in Morristown, Morristown Green, Schuyler-Hamilton House, and Ford Mansion/Washington's Headquarters Museum. All locations are along a one mile stretch.
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Location start: Presbyterian Church in Morristown
Location end: Washington's Headquarters Museum
Guided Tour Stops
|Morristown Green||Schuyler-Hamilton House||
Ford Mansion and
|1 PM at Presbyterian Church||2 PM||3 - 5 PM|
1 PM - "Alexander Hamilton" speaks inside the Presbyterian Church in Morristown (57 East Park Place) about his time working at Washington's Headquarters at Arnold Tavern at the Morristown Green. After, visit sites around the Green, including the location of Arnold Tavern and the Hamilton, Washington, & Lafayette statues.
2 PM - Visit to the Schuyler-Hamilton House, where Alexander Hamilton courted his future wife, Elizabeth Schuyler.
3 PM - Visit to Ford Mansion, where George Washington and his staff (including Alexander Hamilton) were headquartered for the winter of 1779-1780.
4 PM - Talk on "Washington's Indispensable Partner" by Rand Scholet inside the Washington's Headquarters Museum. This wil be followed by a Q&A and meet-and-greet.
For more information and event locations, see our event e-flyer below or in a separate window.