Happy Birthday Hamilton! 2015

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Happy Birthday Hamilton! is the annual event presented by The AHA Society to celebrate the anniversary of Alexander Hamilton's birthday.

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 AHA Society Events for Happy Birthday Hamilton! 2015

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Connecting to Nevis: Flag-Raising and Proclamation

hbh 2015 flag raisingIn conjunction with the Lower Manhattan Historical Society, a event was held inside Cipriani's at 25 Broadway to honor Alexander Hamilton's Caribbean roots. The flag of St. Kitts and Nevis was displayed and a proclamation from the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis was read. Additionally, the AHA Society tied in with the Alexander Hamilton Birthplace Museum in Nevis via a phone connection to connect Hamilton's birth home and his adopted home together for Hamiton's birthday.

Wreath-laying and Blessing of Hamilton's Grave

hbh 2015 wreath layingThe US Coast Guard Color Guard, Sector New York presented the colors at Alexander Hamilton's grave at Trinity Church while Auxiliarist DiLeo performed an inspiring version of the Star-Spangled Banner. Father Bozzuti-Jones of Trinity performed the blessing of Hamilton's grave, followed by the presentation of the traditional memorial wreath sponsored by the Musuem of American Finance. The ceremony was concluded with the playing of taps.

hbh 2015 conversationConversation with the Curators for "Alexander Hamilton: Indispensable Founder and Visionary"

John Herzog, the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of American Finance, and Mariana Oller Associate Curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College and Chair of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, spoke about the curation of the new exhibit "Alexander Hamilton: Indispensable Founder and Visionary" on display at the Museum of American Finance. Moderated by AHA Society Vice-President Nicole Scholet, the curators engaged in a Q&A session on Mr. Herzog's collection of Hamilton artifacts and a deeper understanding of the historical significance of some of these objects.

Exhibit Open House: "Alexander Hamilton: Indispensable Founder and Visionary"

hbh 2015 exhibitThe temporary exhibit features rare original documents related to Alexander Hamilton's life, and most particularly his time serving as the Secretary of the Treasury. The day of the open house was also the 225th anniversary of one of Alexander Hamilton's most important Treasury papers - the Report on Public Credit. A first-edition copy of the report was one of the artifacts on display, in addition to many others.

The special exhibit commemorates this year's 225th anniversary of Alexander Hamilton becoming the first US Secretary of the Treasury.

hbh 2015 rutgers v waddingtonPresentation: "A 'Bar Fight' That Changed America: Alexander Hamilton, The Trespass Act, and the Case of Rutgers v. Waddington"

Pooja Nair, Esq. spoke  on Hamilton's role in opposing the Trespass Acts and upholding the rule of law in New York City and the United States. As a newly-minted lawyer after the Revolutionary War, Hamilton stepped into a firestorm of controversy by defending a Tory merchant in his first high profile case. This case, Rutgers v. Waddington, took on the Trespass Act, which had been enacted at the end of the Revolution to strip Tories of their property. The results of the trial shaped the development of New York City and was foundational to the development of key principles of the American legal system.

Candelight Processional to Alexander Hamilton's Grave

hbh 2015 candlelightThe AHA Society led a candlelight processional from the Museum of American Finance down Wall Street to Hamilton's grave at Trinity Church, during which the candles were places on Alexander Hamilton's grave.






Saturday, January 10th, 2015

 Hamilton Grange Birthday Events

hbh 2015 grange birthday cardMariana and Tom Oller give a talk on "Hamilton in Love," introducing and reading aloud different love letters written by Alexander Hamilton. Additionally, National Park Service Rangers present "Alexander Hamilton's Caribbean" and visitors signed a large Birthday Card for Alexander Hamilton with a quill and ink. 

Alexander Hamilton Birthday Extravaganza at the Morris-Jumel Mansion 

morris jumel mansionManhattan's oldest home celebrates Alexander Hamilton's birthday with a talk by Pooja Nair on "Manhattan Well Murder Trial," a law case in which Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr team up to defend a man accused of murder. Other birthday activities include kids crafts, a 18th century music concert, and house tours. 


Sunday, January 11th, 2015

hbh 2015 wreathInformal Gathering at Alexander Hamilton's Grave

For Alexander Hamilton's actual birthday, there was a blessing and informal gathering at the Hamilton grave following the Trinity Church Sunday service. Clergy from Trinity Church made remarks on Alexander Hamilton's association with the church, and visitors brought flowers and coins to leave at Hamilon's grave.


Live Tweeting from Happy Birthday Hamilton!

During the birthday events, the AHA Society shared pictures, event updates, and fun facts on its Twitter account in real time.

Welcome to HappyBirthdayHamilton! 2015. We will be tweeting about our events all weekend, so follow along with hashtag #HBH2015

— The AHA Society (@TheAHASociety) January 9, 2015

All the tweets from the Happy Birthday Hamilton! events have been compiled into a collection on the-aha-society.com for anyone to browse through - no need to have a Twitter account! 

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Happy Birthday Hamilton! Media

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Program - Happy Birthday Hamilton 2015


Happy Birthday Hamilton! Videos

Talk: "A Bar Fight" - 2015 Happy Birthday Hamilton Program

Talk: "A 'Bar Fight' that Changed America: Alexander Hamilton, the Trespass Act, and the Case of Rutgers v. Waddington" by Pooja Nair at the Museum of American Finance as part of the first day of the 2015 Happy Birthday Hamilton Program.

(Recommended full screen viewing - click on the video to play and then click on the box in the lower right-hand corner) 

Happy Birthday Hamilton! 2015 Program Highlights

(Recommended full screen viewing - click on the video to play and then click on the box in the lower right-hand corner) 

More videos to be added 


Event Photo Albums

 See the photo albums from our various events 

Note: By clicking on each picture below, you will be directed to The AHA Society Facebook fanpage, where our albums are posted. You do not have to be a member of Facebook to browse the pictures (But if you are, we welcome 'likes' and comments!)


Day 1 Highlights - January 9, 2015

hbh 2015 coast guardBrowse picture highlights from the first day: "Connecting with Nevis" ceremony; wreath-laying and blessing at Hamilton's grave; "Conversation with the Curators," exibit open house, "A Bar Fight that Changed America" at the Museum of American Finance; and candlelight processional to Hamilton's monument.

Click to see the full photo album.

Day 2 and 3 Highlights - January 10-11, 2015

hbh 2015 grange birthday signSee pictures from the second and third days of events, including birthday celebrations at Hamilton Grange National Memorial and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, and an informal gathering at Alexander Hamilton's grave.

Click to see the full photo album




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