CelebrateHAMILTON 2016 – Friday, July 8, 2016 – Snyder Academy
Special Programming and Presentations
Presentation: Hamilton 101 in English
10 – 10:45 am
A crash course about Hamilton’s life and legacy, led by Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, Vice President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society.
Presentation: Hamilton 101 in Spanish
11 – 11:45 am
A crash course about Hamilton’s life and legacy, led by Sergio Villavicencio, South American Chapter President of the AHA Society
Talk: ‘Hamilton in Elizabethtown’
12:15 – 1:30 pm
Noted Hamilton scholar Michael E. Newton will discuss Hamilton’s time in Elizabethtown and the people and ideas that shaped his views.
Book Signing with Michael E. Newton
1:30 – 2 pm
Michael E. Newton will be available to sign copies of his recent book: Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years.
A Conversation with Jon Rua
2:00 – 2:45pm
Born in Elizabeth and raised in Linden, Jon is a celebrated actor, dancer, choreographer and singer who plays Charles Lee, features in the ensemble and understudies Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical Hamilton. Jon will share his personal story, discuss his insights about his work as a member of the cast of the Broadway sensation and talk about how Alexander Hamilton inspires him.
Hamilton Portrait Unveiling:
3 – 3:15 pm
A new portrait of Alexander Hamilton painted by The Snyder Academy’s artist-in-residence, Rafael Rodriguez. Inspired by his son’s account of Hamilton’s habit of studying early in the morning in the burial grounds of the adjacent churchyard of the First Presbyterian Church, this portrait offers a fresh perspective on Hamilton’s early life as a student and young immigrant in Elizabethtown in 1772.
Presentation: “Alexander Hamilton: Washington’s Indispensable Partner”
3:30 – 5 pm
This presentation describes to what degree seven key Founding Fathers contributed to General and President Washington’s success. The analysis includes: Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Jay, Hamilton, Adams, and Knox.
Dine in Elizabeth
5 – 7:30 pm
Recommendations and specials will be made available to dine at the many restaurants in Elizabeth.
Staged Reading, At Liberty Hall
7:30 – 9 pm
The Snyder Academy’s theater company in residence, The Actors Shakespeare Company, will produce a staged reading of Jim Christy’s contemporary play, which features Hamilton as a young immigrant in 1772 and a teen in Elizabeth today, talking to each other across the centuries about their lives as immigrants.
Post-Show Cocktail Party
9 – 10 pm
Enjoy refreshments and conversation as we conclude a full day exploring the many facets of Alexander Hamilton’s life and legacy.
Recurring Activities and Tours:
Historical Society Fair
10 am – 3 pm
Representatives from local historical societies and sites in Union County will be available to share information about the many fascinating historical museums, resources and collections in the area.
18th Century Games
10 am – 3 pm
Children of all ages (including those over 18!) will have fun on The Snyder Academy’s lawn, The Front Yard of Midtown, playing colonial era games. Docents will be on hand to offer guidance on the games throughout the day.
11 am – 12 pm; 3:30 – 4:30 pm; 5 – 6 pm
Go on a guided tour of the historic First Presbyterian Church and Burial Grounds (located next door to the Snyder Academy), which will highlight the history of the prominent residents of Elizabethtown who influenced Hamilton, New Jersey and America.
Art Studio Tour
11 am – 5 pm
Artist-in-residence Rafael Rodriguez will share his work and the work of his students, including a new Alexander Hamilton portrait, throughout the day.