Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History
Monday, January 17 | 7-8:30 pm
$15 members/$25 non-members
America has Hamilton-mania! Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage. In this talk, we’ll explore what the show’s success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. We’ll learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the US—and why all that matters.
Virtual Seminars: New Perspectives on American History
In conjunction with the exhibition, For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design, we are offering a series of 90-minute live virtual seminars that explore American history and culture.
The seminars are led by Dr. Richard Bell, Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of the book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home, a finalist for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award and the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.
Credit: Ferdinand Thomas Lee Boyle, Eliza Greatorex, 1869 Oil on canvas, 30 × 25 ¼ in. National Academy of Design, New York Courtesy American Federation of Arts