Press Release: Richard Brookhiser to Accept First Hamilton Legacy Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Richard Brookhiser to receive first
Hamilton Legacy Award
June 29, 2016
Contact: Rand Scholet
President, The AHA Society
Richard Brookhiser to accept the first Hamilton Legacy Award
at Trinity Church on Anniversary of Hamilton’s Passing
On the 212th anniversary of Alexander Hamilton’s passing, Hamilton’s life will be remembered in a ceremony at his final resting place at Trinity Church. To honor not only Hamilton’s life, but also his legacy, the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (the AHA Society) will be presenting the first Hamilton Legacy Award during the July 12th events at Trinity Church to Richard Brookhiser, in recognition of his two decades of work to educate about Alexander Hamilton.
The revival of interest in Alexander Hamilton that began at the turn of the 21st century can be traced by following Richard Brookhiser’s work. Richard Brookhiser’s 1999 biography, Alexander Hamilton, American, led to a new generation of biographies on Alexander Hamilton, including Ron Chernow’s 2004 Alexander Hamilton, which would go on to serve as the basis for Hamilton: An American Musical. In 2004, Brookhiser curated the landmark “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” exhibit at the New-York Historical Society that launched during the 200th anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr duel. Brookhiser also worked with PBS to write and host the innovative documentary “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton” that debuted in 2011.
“Because of his original and continued efforts to share Alexander Hamilton’s story, we think Richard Brookhiser is very deserving as the first recipient of the Hamilton Legacy Award,” stated AHA Society President Rand Scholet. The Hamilton Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have worked over an extended period to further the public's understanding of Alexander Hamilton's significant legacy. Brookhiser has also been designated as a National Hamilton Scholar by the AHA Society for his work.
Richard Brookhiser will officially accept the Hamilton Legacy Award at 1:30 pm on July 12th at Trinity Church, directly following the 1 pm remembrance ceremony at Alexander Hamilton’s grave. Brookhiser will then give the keynote speech for CelebrateHAMILTON 2016, titled “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America Prosperous.” The events at Trinity Church are free and open to the public, with complete event details available at celebratehamilton.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. Formed in October 2011, the AHA Society is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization that raises awareness on Alexander Hamilton and the Founding period through a variety of initiatives, including events, websites, outreach programs, and exhibits.
Official Website: theahasociety.org