Alexander Hamilton comes to the Fairfield Musuem

The Fairfield Museum will host a Museum After Dark event, “Alexander Hamilton: the Man, the Myth and the Musical” on Thursday, July 13, from 6-8 p.m.

Alexander Hamilton was one of America’s most important founders. However, because of his untimely death, many of those who opposed him also outlived him by decades. His story was skewed, as he was often portrayed as a monarchist and elitist. Thanks to many books and essays, the mythology of Hamilton is changing. With the critical and popular success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical, the public is experiencing a greater appreciation for Hamilton’s life and legacy.

This talk, featuring Robert Begely of the New York Heroes Society, covers Hamilton’s turbulent childhood, stellar work ethic, brilliant mind, military valor, principled pro-Constitution stand, and also demonstrates how he rose up from impoverished immigrant to the status of a hero.

In addition, Seth Kaller, a dealer in rare historic documents who is currently offering a large collection related to the life and times of Hamilton, will exhibit and talk about some of the highlights, including:

  • One of Hamilton’s most revealing love letters to Eliza;
  • Hamilton’s letter rallying to defeat Jefferson after Washington declined a third term (his tune changed four years later when his more dangerous nemesis Burr was on the stage);
  • A lock of Hamilton’s hair, preserved in his family for generations.
  • A rare copy of the Reynolds pamphlet;
  • A John Adams letter with his scathing reaction to the Reynolds pamphlet
  • A Hamilton document relating to an early duel threat.

Hamilton’s story is the story of America. Refreshments will be served. This event is free for Fairfield Museum members and $5 for nonmembers.

The Fairfield Museum is located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield. For more information visit Fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598. The Museum and Museum Shop are open daily from 10-4.

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