Most of us have heard of Alexander Hamilton, whether it was in history class or from the very popular Broadway musical. He was a U.S. founding father and the first Secretary of the Treasury in the country. Admittedly, our current interest in him was pretty much non-existent until Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical on the historical figure became a great obsession. But while we’re singing along and watching the story play out on the stage, it’s important to differentiate the fact versus fiction portions of the show — something Miranda notes himself in his own reflections of his masterpiece. The truth in history and the passion for Hamilton’s life is coming to Moline Public Library this summer.
Part of the summer reading program theme at the Moline Public Library is “It’s showtime at your library!” And Alexander Hamilton is part of the show.
The Hamilton exhibition “…examines Hamilton’s important role in the Revolutionary War and Founding period.” The founding father mostly forgotten until recently in the long list of early American history seemed to have the greatest grasp of how our world would work in the future. Without his great ambitions and keen knowledge of trade and commerce–that his wife, Eliza, opened the door to after his death–our nation would not have been able to withstand the storms that were to come.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and runs from May 30th until June 25th at the Moline Library. It is located on the 2nd floor of the library at the information desk and is free of charge to the public. For more information, contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309-524-2470.