Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour 2016
When Alexander Hamilton first emigrated from the Caribbean to attend school on the "mainland," he lived in what was then called Elizabethtown, New Jersey (today comprised of Elizabeth and Union). To explore Hamilton's time as a newly-arrived immigrant, the AHA Society visits locations associated with his first year in the thirteen colonies.
The second programmed 'Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour' will be held as part of CelebrateHAMILTON 2016 on July 7th and 8th at historic sites in Elizabeth and Union, New Jersey.
Read the official press release for the Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour.
Looking for a hotel? Book with the AHA Society discount group rate at the Mariott Renaissance in Elizabeth, New Jersey - get the details here.
For restaurant recommendations in the Elizabeth area, visit the Go Elizabeth page for dining options.
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'Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour' Itinerary
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Stop 1: Tour of Boxwood Hall State Historic Site
Thursday, July 7th at 10 am
The first stop of the tour is to Boxwood Hall, the residence of Elias Boudinot from 1772-1795.
Elias Boudinot, who would later become President of the Confederation Congress, was one of Alexander Hamilton's first acquaintances upon emigrating from the Caribbean. Hamilton spent a good amount of time at Boxwood Hall during the two semesters he studied at the Academy of Elizabethtown, and became close with the Boudinot family.
The house tour will highlight the recent renovations to the house, including the installment of new period wallpaper and exhibits in the rooms. There will also be a temporary exhibition of Hamilton portraits for this exclusive tour.
See the All Places Hamilton page for Boxwood Hall.
Stop 2: "New Hamilton Discoveries" at Liberty Hall House Museum and Archives
Thursday, July 7th at 2 pm
Don't miss an incredible presentation on new discoveries made about Alexander Hamilton. Director of Liberty Hall Museum Operations, Bill Schroh; Hamilton scholar, Michael E. Newton; and Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society President, Rand Scholet unveil new Hamilton discoveries, with original documents on-hand that have never been viewed by the public, or yet catalogued in any public database. Significantly, a major story embraced by most Hamilton authors as fact, is completely refuted. New discoveries related to Alexander Hamilton are a rare occurrence. You will be part of the first audience to view these newly-discovered primary source documents.
Your admission to the "New Hamilton Discoveries" event also includes a tour of the Liberty Hall Museum, a 50-room mansion dating from 1774. Tours are held at 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Among the fifty rooms in Liberty Hall is the Alexander Hamilton room, honoring the relationship between Hamilton and the Livingston family.
Stop 3: All-Day Festival at the Snyder Academy
Friday, July 8th, with events from 10 am to 10 pm
Snyder Academy Festival Schedule of Events
Reoccuring Activities and Tours:
Historical Society Fair
10 am - 5 pm
Representatives from local historical societies and sites in Union County will be available to share information about the many fascinating historical museums, resources and collections in the area.
18th Century Games
10 am - 5 pm
Children of all ages (including those over 18!) will have fun on The Snyder Academy’s lawn, The Front Yard of Midtown, playing colonial era games. Docents will be on hand to offer guidance on the games throughout the day.
11 am - 12 pm; 3:30 - 4:30 pm; 5 - 6 pm
Go on a guided tour of the historic First Presbyterian Church and Burial Grounds (located next door to the Snyder Academy), which will highlight the history of the prominent residents of Elizabethtown who influenced Hamilton, New Jersey and America.
Art Studio Tour
11 am - 5 pm
Artist-in-residence Rafael Rodriguez will share his work and the work of his students, including a new Alexander Hamilton portrait, throughout the day.
Special Programming and Presentations
Presentation: Hamilton 101 in English
10 - 10:45 am
A crash course about Hamilton’s life and legacy, led by Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, Vice President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society.
Presentation: Hamilton 101 in Spanish
11 - 11:45 am
A crash course about Hamilton’s life and legacy, led by Sergio Villavicencio, South American Chapter President of the AHA Society
Talk: 'Hamilton in Elizabethtown'
12:15 - 1:30 pm
Noted Hamilton scholar Michael E. Newton will discuss Hamilton’s time in Elizabethtown and the people and ideas that shaped his views.
Book Signing with Michael E. Newton
1:30 - 2 pm
Michael E. Newton will be available to sign copies of his recent book: Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years.
Meet and Greet with Jon Rua from 'Hamilton'
2 - 3 pm
Come meet Elizabeth native Jon Rua, an actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer who plays Charles Lee and understudies for Alexander Hamilton in the musical 'Hamilton"
Hamilton Portrait Unveiling:
3 - 3:15 pm
A new portrait of Alexander Hamilton painted by The Snyder Academy’s artist-in-residence, Rafael Rodriguez. Inspired by his son’s account of Hamilton’s habit of studying early in the morning in the burial grounds of the adjacent churchyard of the First Presbyterian Church, this portrait offers a fresh perspective on Hamilton’s early life as a student and young immigrant in Elizabethtown in 1772.
Presentation: Washington’s Indispensable Partner
3:30 - 5 pm
This presentation describes to what degree seven key Founding Fathers contributed to General and President Washington’s success. The analysis includes: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Henry Knox.
Dine in Elizabeth
5 - 7:30 pm
Recommendations and specials will be made available to dine at the many restaurants in Elizabeth. Explore restaurants in the local area from Go Elizabeth.
Staged Reading, At Liberty Hall
7:30 - 9 pm
The Snyder Academy’s theater company in residence, The Actors Shakespeare Company, will produce a staged reading of Jim Christy’s contemporary play, which features Hamilton as a young immigrant in 1772 and a teen in Elizabeth today, talking to each other across the centuries about their lives as immigrants.
Post-Show Cocktail Party
9 - 10 pm
Enjoy refreshments and conversation as we conclude a full day exploring the many facets of Alexander Hamilton’s life and legacy. The cocktail party entry is $20 per person. Please note that this is the only event that includes a ticketed entrance; all other events throughout the day are free and open to the public, including the reading performance of "At Liberty Hall."
You can pre-register for the cocktail reception online with your credit card or PayPal by clicking on the button below. Please include your name in the text box; it will be added to the pre-registration list so you can easily check-in at the cocktail party. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.
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