The University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library will host the national traveling exhibition Alexander Hamilton: The Man who Made Modern America from September 16 through October 14. As a member of the Constitutional Convention and the first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton was more responsible than any other Founder for the modern America in which we now live. This exhibit, produced by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New York Historical Society, and the American Library Association, examines Hamilton’s legacy and his vision for the nation through the documents he wrote and published, the institutions he shaped, and the conflicts that made him notorious in his time.
In addition, the Ingram Library will have on exhibit original items concerning Alexander Hamilton from the collection of Brian D. Hardison, a local attorney and judge from Dallas, Georgia, and his wife, Cynthia Wadsworth Hardison. On display will be books, pamphlets, original documents and letters, and a duplicate set of the dueling pistols used by Hamilton and Burr in the most famous duel in American history. The Hardison Collection was on exhibit last year in Manhattan and then at the University of Georgia.
These exhibits related to the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton will be on display in the Ingram Library from September 16 through October 14 and will include three programs about Hamilton by prominent historians. The exhibition and programs are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Keith Pacholl, UWG Associate Professor of History and a specialist in Early American history, will present “Alexander Hamilton: Writing and Ratifying the Constitution.” On Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. John Ferling, UWG Professor Emeritus of History and the author of Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry that Forged a Nation, to be published this fall by Bloomsbury Press, will speak on “Alexander Hamilton: Vision, Leadership, Ruin.” On Monday, September 30, at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Joanne Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, author of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, and an authority on dueling in early America, will present a program on “Dueling as Politics: The Burr-Hamilton Duel.” All three programs will be presented in Ingram Library. Special public parking will be available in the Townsend Center gated lot beginning one hour prior to each program.
Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is with us every day. He is in our wallets on the $10 bill. But he is with us in another sense. Alexander Hamilton shaped the political, financial, and legal systems of the young United States, laying the groundwork for what later generations would see as America’s modern urban, capitalistic, industrial nation state. For a brief biographical sketch of Hamilton, please see http://uwglibrary.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/alexander-hamilton-in-brief/.Hamilton.
The exhibit and presentations are presented by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society, and are supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
Parking on the UWG campus is unrestricted on Saturdays and Sundays (other than handicapped, reserved, yellow curb, and red curb spaces). For further information, contact Catherine Hendricks at email@example.com or (678) 839-5337.
Image: Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull. Courtesy of The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.