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Meet the Real Alexander Hamilton at the Rome Historical Society

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Date: July 16, 2018
Contact: William Sawyer, 315-338-7730

Fort Stanwix National Monument and Rome Historical Society-Friends of the Fort are pleased to announce two programs about Alexander Hamilton, military leader, founding father, and currently the subject of one of the world’s most popular musicals. The programs will be presented by Rand Scholet, Hamilton scholar and founder/President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society.
The first program, “Alexander Hamilton’s Military Service (1775-1800),” will be held Wednesday, July 18 at 2:00 pm in the Rome Historical Society auditorium. This program traces Hamilton’s 25 year military career. At the age of 12, he wrote “I wish there was a War.” Hamilton got his war with the coming of the American Revolution in 1775 and he would serve throughout the war, gaining both combat experience, and experience in administering an army as an aide to General George Washington. He would later be instrumental in the formation of four out of the five military and defense branches that serve the United States and the world today.

For those that are fans of the Hamilton musical, on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m., Mr. Scholet will present “Alexander Hamilton: The Man vs. the Musical” in the Rome Historical Society auditorium. This program will compare and contrast Hamilton’s real life with the popular musical. Throughout the presentation, Mr. Scholet will draw on photos and personal anecdotes from his five-year relationship with the musical and its creative genius, Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Ron Chernow , Hamilton biographer who’s work inspired the musical.  

Mr. Scholet is a former resident of Oneida County and graduated from Chadwicks High School in 1975.  A featured speaker on C-Span, he has presented programs at Columbia University and Hamilton College, and contributed articles to The New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine to name just a few of his accomplishments.  The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society also partners with the Hamilton Grange National Memorial in New York City to present programming on Hamilton’s life and times.
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Last updated: July 16, 2018

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