CelebrateHAMILTON 2012

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Sponsored by The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society

New York City and Northeast New Jersey

July 11-14, 2012

(Note: This page was used for promoting the public events prior to CelebrateHAMILTON - to find out about how all the events turned out, check our photo albums with accompanying descriptions)

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The Annual Celebrate Hamilton Event celebrates Alexander Hamilton's life and works. Events scheduled include author talks, an Alexander Hamilton historic interpreter, and visits to iconic locations related to Alexander Hamilton in New York City plus Paterson and Weehawken, New Jersey. Don't miss our big event at Trinity Church on Thursday, July 12th at 1 PM!

See the July 2012 Celebrate Hamilton schedule for all public events or view the event details below.  

Also, view a summary of the event locations.

Join our event on our Facebook page!

Note: All events are free with the exception of the Frances Tavern Event. 

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View our video about the First Annual Alexander Hamilton Event.

(full screen viewing mode is recommended)

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Hamilton-Burr Duel Site

Join us for a gathering at the duel site to commemorate the 208th anniversary of the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Afterwards, we will be taking a boat trip over the Hudson River just as Hamilton did for the duel.. 

Time: 12-12:30 PM
Location: Hamilton Park in Weehawken, New Jersey

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The Hamilton-Burr Duel: Author Talk and Book Signing

weehawkenlibraryWeehawken, New Jersey is a memorable place. Two hundred and eight years ago, on July 11, 1804, the Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton, the former Secretary of the Treasury. Why did two intelligent and prominent men meet in Weehawken and take up pistols? Come learn more about this event from Hamilton scholar and author Bill Chrystal. Bill’s book, Hamilton by the Slice, will be for sale after the lecture.

For more information about Bill Chrystal, please visit his website William-G-Chrystal.com

This event is sponsored by the Weehawken Public Library.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Weehawken Public Library
49 Hauxhurst Ave, Weehawken, New Jersey

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Hamilton Walking Tour - Lower Manhattan

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Join us for a guided walking tour of Lower Manhattan, stopping at historic sites related to Alexander Hamilton along the way.

Sites include: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House/site of Fort George (where Hamilton first fought in the Revolutionary War); Bowling Green (where Hamilton served as Captain of a NY Company of Artillery); Hamilton’s homes and offices sites; and Fraunces Tavern 

As part of the tour, there will be a special flag raising ceremony of the U.S. & St. Kitts-Nevis Flags on Bowling Green in honor of Alexander Hamilton at 10:00 AM. 

Tour will be led by Arthur Piccolo, Chairman of the Bowling Green Association.

Time: 9:30-11:15 AM
Location start: Trinity Church, on Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan
Location end: Federal Hall

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Remembering Hamilton

alexander hamilton graveJoin us in the Trinity Church courtyard for a brief memorial service to honor Alexander Hamilton. Trinity Church officials will lead a procession to Hamilton's grave, followed by a wreath laying ceremony. The service will be directly followed by a special talk with author Bill Chrystal inside Trinity Church (see below). 

Time: 1:00-1:15 PM
Location: Hamilton's Gravesite at Trinity Church
Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan

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'Meet Alexander Hamilton'

Hamilton Globe Thumbnail LRWhat would you like to ask a Founding Father? This is your chance! Bill Chrystal, a National Hamilton Scholar and historical interpreter, will be Alexander Hamilton inside the nave of Trinity Church. General Hamilton will briefly talk about how the founders desired to 'Create a Land of Opportunity'. Then he will answer audience questions on any topic. After the talk, a meet-and-greet and book signing will be available with scholar/author behind Hamilton. Also after the talk is a special visit to the Trinity Church Archives (see below).

See the event flyer for more details.

Time: 1:15-2:15 PM
Location: Trinity Church, on Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan

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Visit the Trinity Church Archives

Trinity Church is offering a rare and unique opportunity to view original church records, including the actual baptism certificates for Hamilton's children and documents from Hamilton's legal work on behalf of Trinity Church. Small groups will be taken down into the church's archives to see the documents firsthand. 

Time: 2:15-3:00 PM
Location: Trinity Church, on Broadway at Wall Street, Manhattan

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"The Essence of Alexander Hamilton's Greatness" by Rand Scholet

Museum of American Finance

Join THE AHA SOCIETY at the Museum of American Finance (MoAF) for a special presentation. In honor of Alexander Hamilton, the museum will be free for admission all day on Thursday the 12th and hours will be extended to 4:30 PM. At that time, THE AHA SOCIETY founder Rand Scholet will be presenting a condensed version of his two presentations about Alexander Hamilton as "Washington's Indispensable Partner" and "America's Indispensable Founder". Registration is not required, but if you'd like to reserve a seat, you can register on the MoAF website.

Visit the Museum of American Finance page for this event. 

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Location: Museum of American Finance
48 Wall Street, Manhattan

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"Hamilton By The Slice" Presented by William Chrystal

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When Gouveneur Morris delivered the eulogy at Alexander Hamilton's funeral in 1804, the nation was in shock at its loss. At that moment, it was Morris’ responsibility to help the people grieve for their loss yet not incite a riot from the barely controlled mourners. At the end of his eulogy, Morris challenged his fellow citizens always to measure their conduct by this test: "Would Hamilton have done this thing?" In a similar style, Bill Chrystal offers quick & easy access to Hamilton's essential views on topics such as slavery, government, happiness, and prayer, allowing for a busy person to learn more about this remarkable man in American history with an eye for making their own lives better.

Books will be available for purchase after the lecture. For more information about Bill Chrystal, please visit his website William-G-Chrystal.com

This event is sponsored by the Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Time: Doors open at 6pm; Lecture begins at 6:30pm
Location: Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street, Lower Manhattan

Note: The cost for this event is $10 (free for Fraunces Tavern Museum Members), which includes museum admission and light refreshmentsReservations are available for FTM Members only.

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Hamilton Grange Visit

Join us at Hamilton Grange, Alexander Hamilton's summer home. Constucted in 1802, it was the only home that Hamilton personally owned. See the National Park Service for more information. 

Time: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Location: St. Nicholas Park, near West 141th Street, Hamilton Heights

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'Birthplace of Manufacturing' Visit

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Don't miss a special event at the birthplace of American manufacturing to celebrate Alexander Hamilton's role in founding the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (SUM). Recently designated as a National Park Site, the visit will include a stop at the SUM building, the Paterson Museum, the Alexander Hamilton Statue and overlook of the Great Falls, and a guided walk along Mill Mile that traces the history of manufacturing in the U.S. 

Time: 2:00-5:00 PM
Meeting location: The Alexander Hamilton Statue at the Great Falls of the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey

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Guided Walk - Historic Processional Route

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Come for a special guided walk along the original funeral procession for Alexander Hamilton - the same route that thousands of mourners followed exactly 208 years ago as Hamilton was laid to rest.  

If you're interested in a visual guide to the historic procession route, view this interactive map offered by the New-York Historical Society - hover your mouse over the numbered button 9 to see the path highlighted. 

Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Location start: 25 Park Place, one block west of City Hall
Location end: Hamilton's gravesite at Trinity Church


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