Happy Birthday Hamilton! 2017
Happy Birthday Hamilton! is the annual event program presented by the AHA Society to celebrate the anniversary of Alexander Hamilton's birthday.
Happy Birthday Hamilton! Quick Links
- AHA Society Gala
- Saturday, January 7th Events - Upper Manhattan
- Sunday, January 8th Events - Elizabeth and Trenton, NJ
- Monday, January 9th Events - Jersey City, NJ and Lower Manhatan
- Tuesday, January 10th Events - Lower Manhattan
- Wednesday, January 11th Events - Lower Manattan
Events for Happy Birthday Hamilton!
Hamilton Grange Birthday Events
The AHA Society and Hamilton Grange National Memorial come together to celebrate Alexander Hamilton's birthday at his home. Events throughout the day will include special presentations, book signings, and visits to the restored rooms.
Full program details:
11:00 am - Ranger Talk: “Sweet Project: The History of the Grange”
12:00 pm - "Alexander Hamilton," represented by Gene Pisasale, will present on “Alexander Hamilton and the Birth of America’s Financial System"
1:30 pm - Author Jeff Wilser will hold a half-hour book signing for his recently published work, Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life
Guided tours of the furnished rooms: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Self-guided open houses: 12:00 - 1:00 pm; 3:00 - 4:00.
Time: Home open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Hamilton Grange National Memorial, 414 W. 141st Street, Manhattan
"Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life" by Jeff Wilser
Manhattan's oldest home, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, celebrates Alexander Hamilton's birthday with a talk by Jeff Wilser on his new book Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life.
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Morris Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, Manhattan
Tickets: $15, $10 for members. Available from Morris-Jumel Mansion at http://www.morrisjumel.org/upcoming-events/
Sunday, January 8th, 2017
Trenton City Museum Event: "Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trenton"
From the Trenton City Museum website: "Follow the movements of all 24 of the cannons on the streets of Trenton during the Battle of Trenton in this explosive lecture that will demonstrate why the 18 American cannons -- including those commanded by Alexander Hamilton -- were decisive in the victory over the Hessians. A four-pounder cannonball will be on display during the talk led by David Bosted, urban planner.
Time: Sunday, January 8th, 2 pm
Location: Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ
"Hamilton Sites in New York City and New Jersey" by Bryan Barreras
The Broadway hit has sparked unprecedented interest in Alexander Hamilton’s life and created a community of fans that bridges all demographics and ages, many of whom now swarm to sites with any connection to Hamilton’s life. New York City author Bryan Barreras explains how his obsession with the show led to the creation of his book, Where Was The Room Where It Happened: The Unofficial Hamilton: An American Musical Location Guide. Join Barreras as he takes you on a virtual tour of several of the locations central to the events depicted in and explains the connections between the show’s songs and these locations.
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Snyder Academy, 42 Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ
Monday, January 9th, 2017
"The Birth of Hamilton and of Jersey City"
Join the AHA Society and Jersey City Mayor Fulop at City Hall to learn about Alexander Hamilton's key role in founding Jersey City shortly before he passed away in 1804. Speakers will include the Honorable Vance Amory, Premier of Nevis, Councilman Boggiano, and author Thomas Fleming, a Jersey City native.This event will be followed by a short informal walk to visit the historical plaque describing the founding of Jersey City.
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: City Hall, 280 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ
"Alexander Hamilton's Year of Birth: 1755 vs. 1757"
Among the most important and popular Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton is also the most controversial, so much that even his year of birth is a matter of dispute among Hamilton scholars and biographers. Michael E. Newton, author of the definitive work on Hamilton's origins and formative years, takes on this decades-long debate in a special talk given in honor of Hamilton's upcoming birthday on January 11.
Doors Open: 6 pm
Talk: 6:30 pm
Location: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 58 Pearl Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $10 (Museum members $5). Reservations required and seating is limited. Book tickets here.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
National Hamilton Scholar Recognition: Dr. Stephen F. Knott
Dr. Stephen Knott, author of Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth and co-author of Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America, will be officially recognized by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society as a National Hamilton Scholar in a special presentation ceremony. Dr. Knott will then give a talk on his study of Alexander Hamilton's life and the myths that have surrounded him.
The talk will take place in the John Street Methodist Church, a historic church founded in 1766 in Lower Manhattan.
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: John Street Methodist Church, 44 John Street, Manhattan
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
St. Kitts and Nevis Flag-Raising Ceremony at Bowling Green
The Bowling Green Association and dignitaries from the island of Nevis lead the traditional flag-raising of the St. Kitts and Nevis flag to honor the birthland of Alexander Hamilton on his birthday.
Time: Wednesday, January 11th, 11:00 am
Location: Bowling Green flagpole (near the Charging Bull statue)
Museum of American Finance Event: Barbara Chernow on "Behind the Scenes at the Papers of Alexander Hamilton: Living the Life of One Founding Father"
From the Museum of American Finance website:
The Syrett edition of the Hamilton Papers was one of four projects to collect and edit the complete papers of the founding fathers that began in the 1950s. The resulting 27-volumes constitute the definitive, annotated collection of writings to, from and by Alexander Hamilton. For the editors, the research is a trip back in time, for as you go through someone else's life day by day, letter by letter, document by document, identifying every event and person from primary source material, history does indeed come alive. The renewed attention on Hamilton provides an opportunity for historians and teachers to spark a resurgence of interest in the nation's history, to emphasize the importance of Hamilton's role in establishing a foundation for its future and to show young scholars that the Internet is only one resource that does not replace, but needs to be pursued in combination with, traditional research techniques.
About the Speaker
Barbara A. Chernow is the founder of Chernow Editorial Services, a company that produces books for publishers worldwide. She was associate editor of The Papers of Alexander Hamilton and has edited many reference projects, including the fifth edition of The Columbia Encyclopedia and The Datapedia of the United States: American History in Numbers (with George Kurian). Her writings include Beyond the Internet:Successful Research Strategies and Robert Morris: Land Speculator, 1790-1801. She has taught at New York University and the New School.
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $5 (includes Museum admission); Museum of American Finance members and students free. This is part of the Museum's Lunch and Learn series, so feel free to bring your lunch.
Wreath-laying and Blessing of Hamilton's Grave
The annual birthday remembrance at Trinity Church, where Alexander Hamilton's final resting place is located, will take place in the church courtyard by Alexander Hamilton's grave. The ceremony will include the participation of the US Coast Guard and clergy from Trinity Church, The Hon. Vance Amory, Premier of Nevis, and other dignitaries will be joining the celebrations of their fellow Nevisian's birthday.
We encourage attendees to bring flowers to place on the Hamilton graves during the ceremony.
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Trinity Church, Wall Street and Broadway, Manhattan
The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society Gala
The AHA Society will be hosting its first gala on Alexander Hamilton's 260th birthday - January 11th - and we hope you will join us and the nation's leading Hamiltonians for this special event. This gala salutes five years since the establishment of AHA on October 11, 2011.
During the gala, we will be presenting the Hamilton Legacy Award to John Herzog, founder of the Museum of American Finance and Honorary Chair of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. We will also recognize the accomplishments of several others who have assisted the AHA Society in remembrance of Alexander Hamilton's legacy. Dr. Richard Sylla will join us and will say a few words about his valuable new book, Alexander Hamilton: An Illustrated Biography, already in its second printing. It will be a lovely evening, visiting with good friends and celebrating our success as an organization.
We have organized a cocktail hour and dinner very near Hamilton’s home on Wall Street in one of New York’s oldest clubs, the Down Town Association. It is located at 60 Pine Street, one block north of Wall Street (www.thedta.com). There will be a cocktail hour starting at 6 with hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar for all drinks where all are encouraged to join.
Dinner begins at 6:45 with a buffet choice of three salads and entrees. We know the desserts are very good! The dinner gathering will be a wonderful opportunity to see friends and celebrate the start of a new year with a full Happy Birthday Hamilton program of events, from January 7th through the Gala.
Time: Cocktails 6:00 pm, Dinner 6:45 pm, Business Attire
Location: Down Town Assocation, 60 Pine Street, Manhattan
Cocktail Hour: Cash bar, all are welcome
Gala Dinner Ticket: $200 per person
Treasury Intern Dinner Ticket: $250 per person
Treasury Secretary Dinner Ticket: $500 per person
Full Table (seats 8): $1500
For dinner reservations, we need to get your reservation and payment by Sunday, January 8, 2017, with the number of people in your party.
For online payment for gala tickets, please complete the reservation process below with options to pay with credit card or a PayPal account.
Hamilton Tea Party at Hamilton Birthplace Museum, Nevis
The AHA Society's partner, the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society hosts its annual tea party on the grounds on the Alexander Hamilton Birthplace Museum in Charlestown, Nevis in honor of Hamilton's birthday. The highlight of this event is the presentation of scholarships to Nevisian schoolchildren.
Location: Hamilton Birthplace Museum, Nevis