CelebrateHAMILTON 2012 Pictures
See the photo albums from our various events
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The opening event for CelebrateHAMILTON 2012 on July 11th was a gathering at the Alexander Hamilton Statue near Hamilton Park in Weehawken, New Jersey. This site overlooks the original dueling grounds that Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met at on July 11th, 1804. After this event, The AHA Society Executive Board and Author Michael E. Newton took a ferry that crossed the Hudson River, tracing the original route that Alexander Hamilton would have taken by boat before and after the duel.
Author William G. Chrystal, a National Hamilton Scholar, gives a special talk on the events surrounding the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that occurred on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken, New Jersey. The author talk was held at the Weehawken Public Library on the 208th anniversary of the duel.
On July 12th, The Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour visited many important sites associated with Alexander Hamilton. The tour started in the Trinity Church graveyard, where Hamilton and his wife are buried. After stopping at a few sites of Hamilton's former homes and offices, the tour then continued to Bowling Green. At Bowling Green, The AHA Society had a special flag-raising ceremony of the St. Kitts and Nevis flag. We were joined with representatives from St. Kitts and Nevis and Arthur Piccalo, President of the Bowling Green Association, read a special proclamation from the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis.The tour then continued to the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, followed by a stop at Fraunces Tavern. The final major visits of the walking tour included Federal Hall and Wall Street.
On the afternoon of July 12th, The AHA Society met at Federal Hall, where historical interpreter Bill Chrystal addressed the crowd as Alexander Hamilton, He then led the procession to Trinity Church, where Alexander Hamilton's grave is located, for a memorial service in Hamilton's honor.
On July 12th, the 208th anniversary of Hamilton's death, The AHA Society held a memorial service. The service, held at Alexander Hamilton's grave at Trinity Church, was opened with a blessing by Trinity Church Vicar Anne Mallonee. Speakers also included AHA Society Founder Rand Scholet, historical interpreter Bill Chrystal, Bowling Green Association President Arthur Piccolo, and John Herzog, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of American Finance.
On July 12th, after a memorial service for Alexander Hamilton in the churchyard cemetery of Trinity Church, "Alexander Hamilton' himself spoke inside Trinity Church. Represented by historical interpreter Bill Chrystal, 'Alexander Hamilton' discussed his life and his efforts to "Create a World of Opportunity."
Following Bill Chrystal presention as Alexander Hamilton inside Trinity Church, attendees were invited to the Trinity Wall Street administrative building for a book signing with Bill Chrystal and a chance to explore the archives of Trinity Church. This unique opportunity to view Hamilton-related artifacts in the archives included documents such as the Hamilton children's baptism records and the record of the pew owned by the Hamiltons.
The Founder of The AHA Society, Rand Scholet, presented on "The Essence of Alexander Hamilton's Greatness" at the Museum of American Finance on July 12th. Attendees included John Herzog, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of MoAF; David Cowen, CEO of The Museum of American Finance; Arthur Piccolo, President of the Bowling Green Asociation; and Michael Newton, author of "The Path to Tyranny" and "Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers," among other personalities. Also, to honor Alexander Hamilton's passing, the Musuem of American Finance opened its doors to the public for free all day.
Author Talk at Fraunces Tavern
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"Capital of Capital" at MCNY
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On Friday, July 13th, The AHA Society Executive Board was joined by author Michael E. Newton and Hamilton descendant Doug Hamilton to visit Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Collections. Columbia University gave special access to their Hamilton collections, which include Elizabeth Hamilton's wedding ring, a miniature portrait of Alexander Hamilton, and a first edition copy of the Federalist Papers, Volume 2 that was originally owned by Alexander Hamilton. This was followed by a visit to Hamilton Hall and the Low Memorial Library.
New-York Historical Society
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On the 14th, The AHA Society at Hamilton Grange in Hamilton Heights. The National Park Service had a special event planned to commemorate the Hamilton-Burr duel in which the letters that lead to the duel were read by National Park Rangers. This was followed by a tour of the restored part of Hamilton's home. Finally, we had a special presentation ceremony on the front steps of the Grange with the Chapter Presidents, AHA Society Founder Rand Scholet and Doug Hamilton, fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton.
On the 14th, The AHA Society went to Paterson, New Jersey to celebrate Hamilton's role in the creation of the city of Paterson as the cradle and birthplace of American industry. The event began with a walking tour of the Great Falls of the Passaic River National Park led by the Great Falls Youth Corps, with stops at the Alexander Hamilton Statue, the waterfall overlook, and raceways. After a visit to the Ivanhoe Wheelhouse, the walking tour continued on to the Paterson Museum, where Director Jack DeStefano led the group on a curator's tour inside the museum. Among the event attendees were Park Superintendent Darren Boch, President of the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson Leonard Zax, and Doug Hamilton, fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton.
The Funeral Procession Walk traced the original route of Hamilton's funeral procession from the Church home to Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan. Thousands of people showed up for Hamilton's funeral procession on July 14, 1804 to mourn his passing. The walking group met near 25 Park Place, which is near the original location of the home of John and Angelica Church, and continued past landmarks such as City Hall, Fraunces Tavern, Bowling Green, the Alexander Hamilton US Custom Building, and finally ended at Trinity Church, where Alexander Hamilton was buried.The Funeral Procession Walk was the last event of Celebrate Hamilton 2012.