Happy Birthday Hamilton! 2014

Commemorating the birth of Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11th, 1757...

...on the small island of Nevis in the Caribbean. As an immigrant to the United States, Hamilton had a huge impact on the development of the country's political, economic, and legal institutions.

On the anniversary of Hamilton's birthday, The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (The AHA Society) celebrates his life and achievements with a program of events called Happy Birthday Hamilton! All are welcome to the events, most of which are free. Join in celebration!


Happy Birthday Hamilton! Schedule of Events

Click here for a one-page printable sheet of events.

Friday, January 10th

11:45-2:00 Rededication of Hamilton's Grave and talk by Coast Guard Commander - Trinity Church

2:30-4:00 Talk on Alexander Hamilton and the freedom of the press - Federal Hall

4:30-5:00 Cake cutting and connection with the Hamilton Museum in Nevis - Museum of American Finance

5:00-5:30 Candlelight processional - from Museum of American Finance to Trinity Church

Saturday, January 11th

9:00-5:00 National Park Ranger program and tours - Hamilton Grange

10:00-1:30 Hamilton birthday program - Morris-Jumel Mansion*

1:00-2:30 Wall Street Walks Tour: "Alexander Hamilton's New York"*

2:00-2:30 Informal gathering at Hamilton's grave - Trinity Church

3:30-4:30 Talk: "The Goodness of Alexander Hamilton" - Hamilton Grange

6:30-7:30 Tour of the American Wing - Metropolitan Museum of Art

*All events are free unless otherwise noted.

All event times are EST.

Scroll down to see details for each event below.

Events on Friday, January 10th

Rededication of the Hamilton Monument at Trinity Church

Friday, Jan. 10th, 12:45-2pm

74 Trinity Place

New York, NY

The Alexander Hamilton grave and monument has undergone restoration by Trinity Wall Street (learn more about the restoration project here).

A rededication ceremony of the Hamilton monument will take place during Happy Birthday Hamilton! The ceremony will feature a special presentation on behalf of Hamilton's birthplace in Nevis. Featured presenters include the Honourable Premier of Nevis and a Hamilton descendant. Our keynote speaker this year is Capt. Gordon Loebl, the US Coast Guard Commander of Sector New York.

Event Program:

11:45 St. Kitts and Nevis Flag-raising ceremony (Bowling Green near bull statue)

12:00-12:45 Church service in honor of Hamilton (Inside church)

12:45-1:15 Unveiling of the Hamilton monument (Trinity churchyard)

1:30-2:00 Talk inside Trinity church by USCG Commander of Sector New York, Capt. Gordon Loebl (inside church)

Both the inside portion and outside portion of the dedication ceremony will be broadcast live by Trinity Church. Click here for the Trinity Church event page on the event.

Talk: Alexander Hamilton and the Evolution of Free Speech in the Early Republic: From Zenger to Croswell

Friday, Jan. 10th, 2:30pm

26 Wall Street

New York, NY

Pooja Nair, Harvard Law graduate and legal associate of Foley & Lardner LLP of Los Angeles, will be speaking on Alexander Hamilton's role in establishing the precedent of free speech in the United States.

During his work as a lawyer, Hamilton argued on behalf of journalist Harry Croswell (People v. Croswell) that truthful statements should not be considered libel. Though the judges deadlocked in trial, Hamilton's arguments were written into New York law the following year. Learn more about the precedents that Alexander Hamilton set in the courtroom in Ms. Nair's talk.

The talk will be held at Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

Cake Cutting and Connection with Hamilton's Birthplace

Friday, Jan. 10th, 4:30-5pm

48 Wall St

New York, NY

Join for an informal gathering to eat birthday cake inside the Museum of American Finance.

Also, we will be broadcasting live and joining in virtually with festivities at the Alexander Hamilton Museum in Nevis, where Alexander Hamilton was born.

Read all the details about the event on the Museum of American Finance website.

Candlelight Processional to Grave

Friday, Jan. 10th, 5pm

48 Wall St

New York, NY

Immediately following the cake celebration at Museum of American Finance (4:30-5:00), there will be a short candlelight procession (three blocks) down Wall Street to Trinity Church to illuminate Alexander Hamilton's grave.

Events on Saturday, January 11th

Birthday Observance at the Hamilton Grange

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 9am-5pm

414 West 141st Street

New York, NY

The Hamilton Grange National Memorial is hosting several events throughout the day in honor of Alexander Hamilton's birthday.

See program details at the Grange.

The National Park Rangers will give a special presentation on "Alexander Hamilton's early life in the Caribbean" at 10:30 am and again at 2:30 pm. Scheduled tours of the house will be given throughout the day.

AHA Members will be visiting the home throughout the day, but make sure to arrive to the Grange by 3:30 for Dr. Thomas Oller's talk on "The Goodness of Alexander Hamilton" (details on his talk listed as separate event below - scroll down to view)

Alexander Hamilton's Birthday Extravaganza at Morris-Jumel Mansion*

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 10am-6pm

65 Jumel Terrace

New York, NY

The Morris-Jumel Mansion hosts their annual program for Alexander Hamilton's birthday at their beautiful location in upper Manhattan.

From 10 am-12 pm, there will be kids activities and tours of Morris-Jumel Mansion highlighting Alexander Hamilton's visit to the house in 1790.

At noon, Jimmy Napoli, a historian and local tour operator, will give an dynamic presentation, "Hamilton, The Little Lion," on Hamilton's life.

Then at 4 pm, there will be a music concert incorporating classical music popular during Hamilton's lifetime with modern pieces.

*Note: Some of these activities have an admission fee.

Event details can be found here.

Wall Street Walks Tour: Alexander Hamilton's New York*

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 1-2:30pm

48 Wall St

New York, NY

In honor of Alexander Hamilton's birthday, Wall Street Walks is leading a 90-minute walking tour of the Financial District that focuses particularly on Hamilton's financial legacy.

To register for the tour, visit the events page of the Museum of American Finance.

*Note: The tour is not directly affiliated with The AHA Society. The tour is $15 and includes admission to the Museum of American Finance.

Informal Gathering and Tour Welcome at Hamilton Grave

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 2-2:30pm

74 Trinity Place

New York, NY

All who are interested in visiting the grave on Alexander Hamilton's actual birthday are welcome to join members of The AHA Society there.

Additionally, the AHA Society will welcome participants in the Wall Street Walks tour on "Alexander Hamilton's New York" at their final tour stop at Hamilton's grave.

Birthday Celebration and Talk: "The Goodness of Alexander Hamilton"

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 3:30-4:30pm

414 West 141st Street

New York, NY

During a special birthday celebration, Dr. Thomas Oller will speak on what is often overlooked - the goodness of Alexander Hamilton. Dr. Oller will talk about Hamilton's charity and generosity in many aspects of his life, followed by a brief Q&A session.

Dr. Oller is a lecturer in English at Boston University and previously at Harvard University.

The talk will be held at Hamilton Grange.

Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art - American Wing

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 6:30-7:30pm

1000 5th Avenue

New York, NY

The 1792 John Trumbull portrait of Alexander Hamilton painted while he was Secretary of the Treasury is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Don't miss out on a special, narrated tour of the American wing of the Met by AHA Society Vice-President Nicole Scholet. The guided tour includes visits to period pieces, portraits of Hamilton's contemporaries, the iconic Crossing of the Delaware, and, of course, a stop at the iconic 1792 full-length portrait of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull which was recently donated to the museum from a private collection.

Tour meeting location: Room 704 (American Wing, 2nd Floor, east balcony overlooking the Charles Englehard Court)

*The tour itself is free but does not include the recommended museum admission. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art website to view the suggested donation for admission. The tour will start at 6:30, so please allow enough time to enter the museum and arrive at the American wing by then (recommended to arrive to the Museum between 6:00 and 6:15)

The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society

The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, also known as The AHA Society, strives to enrich the public's knowledge and understanding of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding period of the United States.

Keep up-to-date at The-AHA-Society.com and learn more about Alexander Hamilton from AllThingsHamilton.com