Summer 2016 Hamilton Exhibitions

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Alexander Hamilton Exhibitions, Summer 2016 

Hamilton miniature portait 1777 pealeThe popularity of Hamilton: An American Musical has increased the public demand for information on Alexander Hamilton, and public institutions are responding. This summer, multiple museums and organizations are hosting special exhibitions on Alexander Hamilton, giving visitors opportunities to see original Hamilton artifacts that are often locked away in archives. For you to take maximum advantage of these great offerings this summer, the AHA Society has compiled a list of Hamilton exhibitions below.

And of course, don't miss CelebrateHAMILTON 2016 from July 6-17th, presented by the AHA Society. Among the thirty-plus events are special temporary exhibitions, tours, talks, and more on Alexander Hamilton. 

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 "Summer of Hamilton" - New-York Historical Society, New York City

 Start Date: July 4, 2016

The "Summer of Hamilton" at the New-York Historical Society - which pioneered the ground-breaking 2004 exhibit "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America" - consists of special exhibitions of Hamilton artifacts and events throughout the summer. 

Artifact highlights include: life-size bronze statues depicting Hamilton and Burr mid-duel; a clock presented by Hamilton in 1797 to the Bank of New York, which he founded; Hamilton’s desk, replicas of the dueling pistols used by Hamilton and Burr, a bust of Hamilton by Giuseppe Ceracchi; a gold mourning ring set with a lock of Hamilton’s hair that Elizabeth Hamilton gave to Nathaniel Pendleton, Hamilton’s second in the duel; love letters from Hamilton to Eliza; the Reynolds Pamphlet; and a letter supporting Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in the presidential election of 1800.

Event highlights include: Celebrating July 4th with Alexander Hamilton, a Hamilton-Burr Duel reenactment, Scavenger Hunt, Trivia, Hamiltunes sing-a-long, Hamilton's New York, and more. 

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"Alexander Hamilton and the Foundation of America's Financial System" - National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

End Date: July 4, 2016

From the National Constitution Center: "The National Constitution Center’s new exhibit, Alexander Hamilton and the Foundation of America’s Financial System, explores how Hamilton, America’s first treasury secretary, dealt with these issues under the newly ratified Constitution. In order to place the nation on firm ground, he sought to establish a national system of banking, finance, taxation, coinage, and currency—a complete financial revolution."

Documents include an impressive collection of first-edition prints of Hamilton financial reports and the legislation that turned Hamilton's reports into law, such as the "Report on Manufactures," "Report on Public Credit," "Report on a National Bank," the "Act Establishing A Mint," and "An Act to Incorporate the Subscribers to the Bank of the United States."

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Artifacts in the Hamilton Room - Museum of American Finance, New York City

Date: Ongoing, with new offerings beginning July 12, 2016

The Museum's Alexander Hamilton Room was designed in the federalist style in 1927 to pay tribute to the Walton House, where the Bank of New York (which Alexander Hamilton helped found) first conducted business in 1784. The room originally served as the bank president's office and today hosts special exhibitions on Alexander Hamilton.

The 2014 exhibition "Alexander Hamilton: Indispensable Founder and Visionary," co-curated by the Chair of the AHA Society and Founder of the Museum of American Finance, will run through mid-July. Starting July 12th,  the gallery will feature new materials, including documents signed by Alexander Hamilton, examples of his published works, replica pistols from his duel with Aaron Burr and items designed in his honor.

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Hamilton Financial Documents at the Elizabeth Public Library

Dates: June 20 - July 16, 2016

Original 18th century documents have recently been re-discovered in the archives of the Elizabeth Public Library in Elizabeth, New Jersey and copies of those documents have been put on display for the public. Most of the documents are original bonds created under Alexander Hamilton's financial program while he served as Secretary of the Treasury, and include his signature. 

Premium-level members of the AHA Society are also invited to a special viewing at the library of the original documents themselves duing the AHA Society's CelebrateHAMILTON 2016 program. 

"Sarah Parker Goodhue: A Hidden Collection Comes to Light" at the New York Society Library, New York City

End Date: August 31, 2016

Both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr used to frequent the New York Society Library, founded in 1754, and the original books that they read are still within the library's collections, including a record of what they borrowed. 

Also within the New York Society Library's Goodhue and Harrison collections are a series of letters related to the Hamilton-Burr duel and its aftermath, including letters written by Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Facimiles of this correspondence are on display in the Goodhue exhibition at the library, and have also been digitized and available for public viewing.

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About the Hamilton documents in the exhibition

Digitized Hamilton documents

"Hamilton Treasures at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library," Columbia University, New York City

End Date: September 2, 2016

From the Rare Books and Manuscript Library: "In celebration of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton receiving Columbia’s Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama inspired by American History and also the Pulitzer Prize for Drama this spring, the University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) has put some of its Alexander Hamilton manuscripts, rare books, and memorabilia on display through the summer.

RBML welcomes visitors to see such treasures as Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton’s [Eliza’s] double-banded wedding ring, inscribed “Alexander &” “Elizabeth” on the two bands, along with their wedding handkerchiefs.

Also on display, among other items, is the King’s College Matriculation book listing Hamilton’s admission in 1774, a letter from Hamilton to Washington, written when Hamilton was Washington’s aide-de-camp, a letter from Lafayette to Hamilton speaking of “our brotherly union,” a volume of the first edition of “The Federalist Papers” owned by Hamilton, and the first edition of Washington’s “Farewell Address.”"

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"Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America" Library Center, Springfield, MO

End Date: August 8 - September 4, 2016

The multi-panel display originally created by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute and New-York Historical Society will be on display at the Library Center in Springfield, Missouri. The exhibit features reproductions of original Hamilton documents and explores many aspects of his life, including his legacy in the development of the United States.

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"Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860" - Musuem of the City of New York, New York City

 Dates: February 15 - September 18, 2016

This exhibit explores the art of portraiture and the lives of New Yorkers who had their portraits made.  Portraits on display include ones of both Alexander and Eliza Hamilton from the Museum's collection. 

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"Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton" - Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, NY

 Dates: July 7 - December 31, 2016

From Albany Heritage: "This special exhibition, offered during the Albany Institute’s 225th year, highlights Hamilton’s connections to Albany, New York through personal papers, family heirlooms, historic preservation efforts, and a stunning portrait painted by Albany’s own renowned artist Ezra Ames (1768—1836). "This exhibition looks at all the different ways Hamilton and Albany are linked," says Albany Institute’s curator Diane Shewchuk. "Hamilton's connection to Albany started with the Schuyler family, but it is a story that is richer than most people realize and this is a great opportunity to tell it.""

Albany is also highlighting Alexander Hamilton's connection to the city through the "Hamilton in Albany Experience" with special tours and events. 

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"Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel" - New York Public Library, NYC

View original documents from the collections of the New York Public Library on Alexander Hamilton, including Hamilton's draft of George Washington's Farewell Address, personal correspondence, the Federalist essays as originally printed in newspapers, and Hamilton's proposed plan for a Constitution.

End Date: December 31, 2016

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"Hamilton's Final Act" - Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

See the letters that were exchanged between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and their seconds leading up to their affair of honor held on July 11, 1804. Also on display are: a lock of Hamilton's hair, personal effects, and portraits. 

End Date: December 31, 2016

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"Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America" Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ

End Date: Through 2017

During the CelebrateHAMILTON events in Paterson on July 10th, the Paterson Museum had on display several original documents related to Alexander Hamilton and the creation of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures, which led to the founding of the city of Paterson.

In addition to the original artifacts, the multi-panel exhibit "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America," originally created by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute and New-York Historical Society, is on display in the museum. The exhibit features reproductions of original Hamilton documents and explores many aspects of his life, including his legacy in the development of the United States.

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