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The Darien Historical Society presents… Revolutionary Perspectives, Part 1 and 2

posted Oct 24, 2017, 11:01 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 6:59 PM ]
New ways of thinking about America’s War for Independence will be the topic of a two-part series, Revolutionary Perspectives, at the Darien Historical Society in November. 

Part I: Alexander Hamilton: The Man, the Myth & The Musical will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The smash-hit Broadway musical is changing the mythology surrounding this Founding Father, and a new perspective is emerging. Robert Begley, president of New York Heroes Society, dives deeper into Alexander Hamilton’s life and legacy. Alexander Hamilton played a pivotal role in America’s founding, yet because of his untimely death, many of his opponents outlived him by decades and re-wrote his story, falsely portraying him as a monarchist and elitist, according to Begley.  Dramatized in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation, a greater appreciation for Hamilton’s life and legacy has recently emerged. This talk covers Hamilton’s turbulent childhood, stellar work ethic, brilliant mind, military valor, principled pro-Constitution stand, and also demonstrates how he rose up from impoverished immigrant to heroic colossus. Hamilton’s story is the story of America.

Part 2: Art, War and Identity in Early America will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Museum Curator Robin Jaffee Frank, a guest curator with the New-York Historical Society and former chief curator at the Wadsworth Athenuem, will discuss how certain works of art helped sway public opinion during the Revolution and helped forge our national identity. 

Cost: $5 for members | $20 for non-members | $30 for non-member and guest. Click here to register or call 203.655.9233.