In October 2015, Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Rockefeller Foundation, NYC Department of Education, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute announced an educational partnership that will provide 20,000 NYC Title I public school students with the opportunity to see Hamilton on Broadway and will integrate the show into classroom studies. This educational initiative, running from 2016 to 2017, is made possible through a $1.46 million grant by The Rockefeller Foundation to the Gilder Lehrman Institute.
Before the students see the show, their teachers will guide them through a unique, hands-on class project using Gilder Lehrman Institute resources to introduce the students to the people, events, and documents of the founding era. In addition, the students will learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show and use that knowledge to produce their own performance pieces.
To support these projects, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created student and teacher guides for classroom use and an exclusive website featuring primary sources and videos to facilitate student research. Among the videos are clips from Hamilton and interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, selected cast members, and Ron Chernow, whose biography Alexander Hamilton inspired the musical. This innovative program integrating history and performing arts will allow teachers to bring American history to the classroom in a new way and help students find their own connections to the Founding Era.
For those who are not currently part of the Hamilton Education Program, The Gilder Lehrman Institute has an array of resources on Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era available to everyone. Our online materials in the History by Era section of the website include 8 essays, 14 Featured Primary Sources, 8 videos, 4 interactive features, and 15 lesson plans. In addition, you can order posters of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Hamilton as well as posters of Founding Era documents from our shop, or request a Traveling Exhibition on Alexander Hamilton.
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Hamilton Education Program Partners
- Bayhill High School
- Christopher High School
- City Arts and Technology High School
- Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School
- Downtown College Prep - El Primero High School
- East Bay Arts High School
- Elsie Allen High School
- Encinal Junior/Senior High School
- Fairfield High School
- Foothill High School
- Galt High School
- Golden Valley High School
- Gustine High School
- Hayward High School
- Heritage Peak Charter School
- Independence High School, San Francisco
- Independence High School, San Jose
- Margaret J. Kemp School
- John F. Kennedy High School
- KIPP King Collegiate
- KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory
- Life Learning Academy Charter
- Abraham Lincoln High School
- James Logan High School
- Lower Lake High School
- Mt. Diablo High School
- Rio Valley Charter
- Riverdale High School