Hamilton Highlights at New-York Historical Society

September 05, 2016
December 31, 2016

Summer of Hamilton may be over, but the spirit of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton lives on at the New-York Historical Society. A variety of Hamilton-related objects and documents are on display in a series of installations throughout the Museum and Library until the end of the year. ​

In the Museum gallery, see life-size bronze statues depicting Hamilton and Burr in the midst of their deadly duel, pistols drawn and aimed at one another; a portrait of Hamilton by John Trumbull that inspired the $10 bill; the monumental tall case clock presented by Hamilton in 1797 to the Bank of New York; and Hamilton’s desk, at which the prolific writer penned his correspondence, on loan from the Museum of the City of New York. On view through December 31 ​​​

Documents from New-York Historical’s collection, displayed in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library,​ help answer the question posed in the musical—“who tells your story?”—by focusing on Hamilton’s relationships with other Founding Fathers and his widow’s attempt to secure his place in history. On view through October 10

In an exhibition case curated by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, glimpse the famous “nut brown maid” love letter to his fiancée, Elizabeth Schuyler, and a letter supporting Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in the Election of 1800, which stated “In a choice of Evils let them take the least―Jefferson is in every view less dangerous than Burr.” On view through September 25

Replicas of the dueling pistols used by Hamilton and Burr, on loan from the JPMorgan Chase Historical Collection, will continue to be exhibited as part of New York Rising, a permanent installation in Smith Gallery that illustrates New York’s critical contribution to the founding of the U.S. The installation also features the marble cenotaph marking where Hamilton was wounded; a bust of Hamilton by Giuseppe Ceracchi depicting him in the guise of a Roman Senator; a gold mourning ring set with a lock of Hamilton’s hair that Elizabeth Hamilton gave to Nathaniel Pendleton, Hamilton’s second in the duel; portraits of Aaron Burr and his gifted daughter Theodosia Burr painted by John Vanderlyn; and Burr’s death mask.

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