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Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary

When Jul 18, 2019 09:30 AM to
Aug 15, 2019 08:00 PM
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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot,
Visionary is a national traveling exhibition
developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, made possible by the
Rockefeller Foundation.
Using primarily reproductions from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s renowned collections, and drawing on recent scholarship about Alexander Hamilton, this traveling exhibition will examine Hamilton’s role during the Revolutionary War and Founding period (1774-1804) in creating the economic, constitutional, social, journalistic, political, and foreign policy templates for modern America. It will acquaint visitors with a statesman and visionary whose life inspired discussion and controversy and shaped the America we live in two hundred years after his death. Alexander Hamilton was one of the leading Americans who recognized the need for a strong centralized government and understood the structures that were needed to support the new Republic and allow it to grow and flourish. Hamilton’s vision, probably more than that of any other Founder, is reflected in the modern America in which we now live.
Hamilton made his impact felt on the world stage for more than a quarter century, and his innumerable articles, letters, pamphlets, and reports—including his role in the organization and authorship of the majority of The Federalist Papers—create a rich resource for studying and understanding his ideas and their results. The exhibition will guide visitors through Hamilton’s legacy with an examination of documents Hamilton wrote and published, the institutions he shaped, and the conflicts that made him notorious in his time. Through Hamilton’s words, visitors will experience this restless, prescient, practical man, whose role in the foundations of modern America was momentous and far- reaching.

Special Programs scheduled are as follows:

Thursday, July 25th at 2 pm. "It's Not Tyranny We Desire: Alexander Hamilton, Enlightenment, and Life in 18th Century America." with Historian Kathy Wilson

Thursday, August 1st at 2 pm. "Politics and the Real Hamilton" with Meghan Mettler, Assistant Professor of History at Upper Iowa University.

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This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.