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Fort Stanwix to feature pair of programs on life and times of Alexander Hamilton

Published Jul 18, 2018 at 4:00pm

Fort Stanwix National Monument and Rome Historical Society-Friends of the Fort will host two programs about Alexander Hamilton, military leader, founding father and the subject of one of the world’s most popular musicals.

The programs — July 18 and July 25 – will be presented by Rand Scholet, Hamilton scholar and founder/president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society.

The first program, “Alexander Hamilton’s Military Service (1775-1800),” will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, in the Rome Historical Society auditorium.

This program traces Hamilton’s 25 year military career. At the age of 12, he wrote “I wish there was a War.” Hamilton got his war with the coming of the American Revolution in 1775 and he would serve throughout the war, gaining both combat experience, and experience in administering an army as an aide to Gen. George Washington.

He would later be instrumental in the formation of four out of the five military and defense branches that serve the United States and the world today.

For those that are fans of the Hamilton musical, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, Scholet will present “Alexander Hamilton: The Man vs. the Musical” in
the Rome Historical Society
auditorium.

This program will compare and contrast Hamilton’s real life with the musical. Throughout the presentation, Scholet will draw on photos and personal anecdotes from his five-year relationship with the musical and its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Ron Chernow, Hamilton biographer who’s work inspired the musical.  

Scholet is a former resident of Oneida County and graduated from Chadwicks High School in 1975. A featured speaker on C-Span, he has presented programs at Columbia University and Hamilton College, and contributed articles to The New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine. The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society also partners with the Hamilton Grange National Memorial in New York City to present programming on Hamilton’s life and times.

A schedule of park events can be found on www.nps.gov/fost. All park events are free.