Fraunces Tavern Museum Presents Talk On 'Alexander Hamilton: Spymaster'
One of the welcome educational byproducts of the enormous success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway smash, Hamilton, is the surge of interest in historic sites pertaining to the country's first Secretary of the Treasury and his fellow founding fathers.
The cemetery at lower Manhattan's Trinity Church, where Alexander Hamilton, his wife Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, their son Philip Hamilton and Elizabeth's sister, Angelica Schuyler Church are all buried, has reported a significant increase in visitors, as have the patriot's upper Manhattan home, Hamilton Grange, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, which served as George Washington's military headquarters.
It's not out of the ordinary foR Lower Manhattan's Fraunces Tavern Museum to host an Alexander Hamilton-related event, as the building was a popular meeting place for the secret Sons of Liberty and served as headquarters for General Washington.
On Thursday evening, July 7th, at 6:30pm, Fraunces Tavern Museum will present Michael Newton's lecture, "Alexander Hamilton: Spymaster." Newton is the author of "Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years" and "Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers: The Fight For Control Over The American Revolution."
While fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton know of Hercules Mulligan's spying activities, Newton will delve into how George Washington employed a vast network of spies to gather intelligence and deceive the enemy with misinformation, describing how Hamilton received intelligence from his own informants and from Washington's spies, distributed these reports to the relevant military officers and political officials, and leaked misinformation to the enemy.
The lecture is free for Fraunces Tavern Museum members. There is a $10 charge for others.
Videos of select Fraunces Tavern Museum Lectures are available for viewing at C-SPAN's Video Library.
Click the screen shot below for author Christine Sismondo's talk, "America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops."
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
HAMILTON's creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award Winning Best Musical In The Heights.
HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.