So much about Alexander Hamilton is inspiring to 21st-century Americans.
He was an immigrant from the Caribbean, a disadvantaged orphan who became a war hero, a self-made man who rose to become a framer of the Constitution and architect of the American financial system.
Through Oct. 8, Worthington Libraries will host the traveling exhibit, "Alexander Hamilton – The Man Who Made Modern America," at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., during regular hours.
The exhibit explores Hamilton's important role in the Revolutionary War and founding period. More than any other Founding Father, he foresaw the way we live now, advocating ratification of the Constitution in "The Federalist Papers" and overseeing the adoption of a national currency as treasury secretary.
A number of special programs, all planned at Old Worthington Library unless otherwise indicated, have been planned in conjunction with the exhibit:
Don't miss the Sept. 22 opening reception. In her 7 p.m. presentation, "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Behind the Musical," Margaret Newell will compare Hamilton's portrayal in the hit Broadway musical named after him to his real-life legacy. Newell is an Ohio State University professor of history. Join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and to view the Hamilton exhibit. To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 15.
Born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, Alexander Hamilton immigrated to the U.S. in 1773. If you would like to locate your foreign-born ancestors, Jayne Davis will help you get started Sept. 26. Starting at 7 p.m., the president of the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society will offer tips on making your way through vital statistics and probate files, as well as census, land and military records.
The library is proud to partner with the McConnell Arts Center to bring Nancy Isenberg, the author of histories like "Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr" and "White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America," to Worthington on Sept. 28. Tickets for her presentation, which will start at 7 p.m. at the MAC, 777 Evening St., are $15.
Want reserved event seating, dinner with Isenberg and more? A catered dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. You can chat with her and get your book autographed in advance, time permitting, for $45. Get details and purchase event and dinner tickets at mcconnellarts.org.
Hamilton on Broadway
Hamilton is more than just a historical figure now that he has been brought to life for the Broadway stage in a Tony Award-winning musical. Adrienne Oehlers, a professional actor and graduate student in Ohio State's theater department, will share the story behind the show's smash success at 7 p.m. Oct. 5.
"Alexander Hamilton – The Man Who Made Modern America" was organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and is funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the New-York Historical Society.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.