• Part of a roofline shows from one building. Trees with fall color leaves on them fill most of the photo. A lamp-post is near center of the photo.

    Harpers Ferry Center

Hamilton Exhibits are Home on the Grange

As the first US treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton made an indelible mark on our country's foundations. Many of the same issues that Hamilton and other founding fathers faced—the role of government and debt, the tensions between democratic ideals and accomplishments—are with us today.

Working closely with the staff of New York's Manhattan Sites and the Chief Architect of the Northeast Region, Harpers Ferry Center oversaw the planning, design, and installation of historic furnishings, multimedia exhibits, and a mini-theater presentation of Hamilton's life for the relocated Hamilton Grange National Memorial. HFC's support began while the park planned for the building's move. Requiring multiple funding sources of over $1.7 million dollars, these timely exhibits increase our awareness of one of this country's most intriguing founders.

Exhibit highlights include a tactile model of the house, several low-tech turn or slide interactives, and a number of audiovisual presentations, including a computer-generated avatar of Hamilton. Graphic panels highlight primary documents, and exhibited objects include an original mourning scarf made to honor Hamilton. Exhibits are located in the newly-constructed basement of the Grange.

Adjacent the visitor center desk is a large historic illustration of Hamilton Grange. A reader rail graphic in front of it shows the three different locations of Hamilton’s home.

Reproduction ink wells function as knobs on slider panels that reveal perspectives about topics important to a new nation.

A simple mechanical interactive engages visitors to turn the columns on a model version of a governmental building to ponder the question "How can debt be good?"

A series of graphic panels describes Hamilton’s role as an American founder.

Read more about HFC's work on this project: Audiovisual | Historic Furnishings

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