About the Hamilton Education Program

In October 2015, Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Rockefeller Foundation, NYC Department of Education, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute announced an educational partnership that will provide 20,000 NYC Title I public school students with the opportunity to see Hamilton on Broadway and will integrate the show into classroom studies. This educational initiative, running from 2016 to 2017, is made possible through a $1.46 million grant by The Rockefeller Foundation to the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

Before the students see the show, their teachers will guide them through a unique, hands-on class project using Gilder Lehrman Institute resources to introduce the students to the people, events, and documents of the founding era. In addition, the students will learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show and use that knowledge to produce their own performance pieces.

To support these projects, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created student and teacher guides for classroom use and an exclusive website featuring primary sources and videos to facilitate student research. Among the videos are clips from Hamilton and interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, selected cast members, and Ron Chernow, whose biography Alexander Hamilton inspired the musical. This innovative program integrating history and performing arts will allow teachers to bring American history to the classroom in a new way and help students find their own connections to the Founding Era.

The Hamilton Education Program is going on tour for the 2017–2018 school year! As Hamilton makes its way across America, local high school students from Title I schools will get a special opportunity to see and learn history through Hamilton in San Diego, Tempe, Seattle, Denver, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Washington DC. Are you a teacher at a Title I–eligible high school in or near one of these cities? Apply to participate in the program here!

For those who are not currently part of the Hamilton Education Program, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has resources on our website available to everyone, including a timeline, Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the United States; an online exhibition, Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; and an issue of the online journal History Now, Alexander Hamilton in the American Imagination.

In addition, you can find many documents by Alexander Hamilton in the Gilder Lehrman Collection, order posters of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Hamilton as well as posters of Founding Era documents from our shop, or request a Traveling Exhibition on Alexander Hamilton.

For press inquiries, please contact hamilton@gilderlehrman.org.

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