Hamilton on the Hudson
Hudson River Valley, NY -- July 26-28th, 2013
The 225th Anniversary of New York Ratifying the US Constitution
On July 26, 1788, New York officially ratified the US Constitution. However, ratification originally seemed extremely unlikely. When delegates arrived to the New York Constitutional Ratifying Convention in June, the overwhelming majority of the delegates were against ratifying the Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton was a key delegate in leading the minority of those who were in favor of ratification, and over the course of six weeks, enough delegates were convinced to secure a 30-27 vote to ratify the US Constitution. New York officially joined the union as the 11th state.
2013 marks the 225th anniversary of this important event. Join The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (The AHA Society) in celebrating a critical point in New York's history and Alexander Hamilton's vital role in it.
In addition to celebrating Hamilton's role in the New York Ratifying Convention, Hamilton on the Hudson traces Alexander Hamilton's presence in the Hudson River Valley with events throughout the area.
NOTE: THIS EVENT PROGRAM HAS ALREADY PASSED. UNABLE TO ATTEND? TWO OF THE EVENTS WERE FILMED BY C-SPAN3 AMERICAN HISTORY TV AND ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE FOR FREE.
Celebrating the 225th anniversary of New York ratifying the US Constitution:
Exploring part of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington's 22-year partnership:
Friday, July 26, 2013
George Clinton Birthday Celebration in Historic Kingston
Friday, July 26th 2013 at 12-2pm
296 Fair Street
Among the historic sites we will be visiting are George Clinton's grave at the Old Dutch Church and the Senate House, where New York's state constitution was drafted and adopted. Don't miss out on cake and other festivities!
12 pm - Senate House for a short talk and birthday cake
12:30 pm - Walk to Old Dutch Church to lay a wreath at George Clinton's grave
1 pm - Optional walking tour of uptown Kingston by the Friends of Historic Kingston with emphasis on those places and events relevant to the life and career of George Clinton. Included will be an exhibit featuring George Clinton at the Persen House Museum as well as tours through the Historic Fred J. Johnston House.
Spotlight Location: The Ratifying Convention in Poughkeepsie
Friday, July 26th 2013 at 4-5pm
10 Market St
After a visit at the historical plaques at the courthouse, we will make our way down the three blocks to the Post Office (55 Mansion St), where we will continue the narrative. Inside the Post Office is a large 1938 mural depicting the Ratifying Convention. Here we will go more in depth about Alexander Hamilton and Melancton Smith, using the mural as the backdrop for the story.
US Constitution Ratification Celebration in Poughkeepsie
Friday, July 26th 2013 at 7:30-9pm
9 Vassar Street
On this day, 225 years ago, New York ratified the US Constitution and officially became the 11th state to join the Union.
Learn the remarkable story of the Ratifying Convention with Professor Andrew Shankman from Rutgers University in a talk entitled, "The Gentleman and the Democrat: Alexander Hamilton, Melancton Smith, and the Battle over the US Constitution."
Descendants of key delegates from the convention, such as Alexander Hamilton, Robert Livingston, George Clinton, Melancton Smith, and John Jay, have been invited to attend the celebration. A reception will follow the talk.
The event will take place at the Cunneen-Hackett Auditorium. Tickets are $10 with advanced purchase (through Dutchess County Tourism - call 845-463-4000 for more information), or $15 at the door.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Agenda for Saturday
9 AM - Mount Gulian, Beacon
10 AM - Denning's Point/DePeyster's Point, Beacon
11:30 AM - Robinson House, Garrison
2 PM - Van Wyck House, Fishkill
4 PM - Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie
7 PM - General Knox Headquarters, New Windsor
Carpool options will be available.
See event details for Saturday below.
Society of the Cincinnati at Mt. Gulian
Saturday, July 27th 2013 at 9am
145 Sterling Street
Federalist No. 1 at Denning's Point
Saturday, July 27th 2013 at 10am
199 Dennings Ave
Meeting location: Parking lot in the Hudson Highlands State Park. From there, we will take the Riverside Trail.
Note: Comfortable shoes recommended.
Benedict Arnold Escape Path and Hamilton's Pursuit
Saturday, July 27th 2013 at 11:30am
It was here at the Robinson House on September 25, 1780 that Arnold Benedict received news that his betrayal to the Americans had been discovered. He escaped out the house and fled down a path to the river, which he then traveled down to find safe haven with the British. Alexander Hamilton, who was in the Robinson House at the time, was charged with pursuing Benedict Arnold.
Join us for a narrated easy walk as we trace the steps of Arnold's escape route/Hamilton's chase route down to the Hudson River.
Meeting Location: At the Historical Plaque for the Robinson House, which is located directly on 9D, just 3/4 miles south of Garrison Four Corners. We will walk from the road down toward the Hudson River on a path through the woods.
Note: Comfortable shoes recommended
General Putnam's Headquarters at the Van Wyck House
Saturday, July 27th 2013 at 2-2:45pm
504 Route 9
Tour of the Revolutionary War Soldiers' Burial Ground
Thursday, June 27th 2013 at 2:45-3:30pm
504 Route 9
From the Van Wyck House, we will walk to the Revolutionary War Soldiers' Burial Ground for a tour organized by the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot (FOFSD). Soldiers from the 5th New York Regiment and the Connecticut 6th will escort attendees and shoot a volley with their muskets at the burial ground.
Alexander Hamilton descendants at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
Saturday, July 27th 2013 at 4pm
342 South Avenue
Learn more family stories from Doug Hamilton, 5th great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton, who will be present to share his knowledge of his family's genealogy.
Celebrate General Knox's birthday at his Headquarters
Saturday, July 27th 2013 at 7-9pm
289 Forge Hill Road
New Windsor, NY
Join us in attendance at Knox's Headquarters for another birthday celebration of a founding father!
Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Alexander Hamilton and West Point
Sunday, July 28th 2013 at 10am
2110 New South Post Road
West Point, NY
Join us for a visit of the Revolutionary-era West Point and the West Point Museum, where artifacts such as George Washington's pistols and Thaddeus Kosciuszko's
sword are on display.
New Windsor Cantonment and Purple Heart Museum
Sunday, July 28th 2013 at 1pm
374 Temple Hill Road
New Windsor, NY
Visit the New Windsor Cantonment to stand among the original and recreated buildings and examine what happened here during that time. Beginning at 1 pm, 'living history' reenactors in period costumes will be present on the grounds.
You can also head inside the neighboring Purple Heart Museum to see an original Badge of Military Merit (the precursor to the Purple Heart) presented by George Washington.
"Washington and Hamilton's Quarrel: Causes and Considerations"
Sunday, July 28th 2013 at 2pm
84 Old Route 9W
New Windsor, NY
Meeting Location: Parking at 84 Old Route 9W (near intersection of River Road with Union Ave). Gathering at historical plaque across the road.
Lecture Series: Alexander Hamilton and George Washington's Wartime Relationship
Sunday, July 28th 2013 at 3pm
123 Grand St
VIEW THE PROGRAM AS BROADCAST ON CSPAN 3 AMERICAN HISTORY TV.
A lecture series about George Washington and his aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton in the Hudson Valley. The speakers for the afternoon include Hamilton scholar Michael Newton, AHA Society President Rand Scholet, and Johanna Porr, Director of the Historical Society of Newburgh. The lectures will take place at the Newburgh Heritage Center, also known as the Old Courthouse.
3 PM - "The Friendship of Washington and Hamilton" by Michael Newton, Alexander Hamilton scholar/author
3:30 PM - “Washington’s Indispensable Partner”, Rand Scholet, President & Founder, Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
4:30-5 PM - Speakers answer questions related to Hamilton and Washington's wartime partnership
Approx. 5:15 PM - Informal walk on grounds of Washington's Headquarters at the Hasbrouck House
Additional AHA Society Events
The AHA Society is also hosting its second annual CelebrateHAMILTON program from July 11-14th, 2013 in New York City and Northern New Jersey. These four days are packed full of events including special exhibits, walking tours, and author talks.