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Alexander Hamilton Exhibit-Related Events at the Museum

In conjunction with the exhibition “Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon” the National Postal Museum has planned a series of educational programs to help our visitors dig deeper into the life and work of this iconic Founding Father and prescient first Secretary of the Treasury. We hope you can join us for one or more of these informative and entertaining events. Check the museum’s Calendar of Events for exact times and to keep up on changes. Better yet, stay connected to the museum by signing up to receive the museum’s Postmark e-newsletter.

Living History: Hamilton, Burr, and Jefferson Interpreters

Historic Interpreters will be joining us throughout the summer to provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of Alexander Hamilton and those around him. There will be two performances each of the dates.

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Alexander Hamilton portrayed by historic interpreter Eben Kuhns
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Aaron Burr portrayed by historic interpreter John Zak
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Thomas Jefferson portrayed by historic interpreter Steven Edenbo

Hamilton and Burr

  • Saturday, August 18 (1:00 pm and 2:30 pm)

Explore the nuanced and dynamic relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr – both of whom served our young nation as soldiers and statesmen. Follow the twists and turns as their early partnership eroded into discord, eventually leading to the most famous duel in US history.

Hamilton and Jefferson

  • Sunday, September 2 (1:00 pm and 2:30 pm)

Experience a lively debate between Hamilton and Jefferson, two pivotal founding fathers who famously clashed over many issues of the day, including the Constitution and its interpretation, state versus federal authority, and the people’s voice in government. This engaging program gives audiences a taste of what the negotiations were really like and demonstrates how relationships and compromise laid the foundation for the still-evolving government we have today.

The Historical Trumpets and Flutes of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

Saturday, September 1, 2018, 1 – 2pm
At the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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The Historical Trumpets and Flutes of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

Join the National Postal Museum and the United States Army Historical Ensemble for a concert of music that evokes the world of Alexander Hamilton. The United States Army Historical Ensemble is a premier chamber ensemble within The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps that revives the sound of period trumpets, flutes, and timpani from the Baroque and early Classical eras. These elite soldier-musicians studied at the most renowned conservatories and universities in the country and have been trained by leading baroque specialists. The Historical Ensemble performs on trumpets and flutes modeled after mid-18th century instruments to produce the unique timbre characteristic of the instruments’ original sound, providing a glimpse into how music of the period would have been heard. The ensemble demonstrates the intersection of 18th century military, civic, and art music through historically informed performance style.

“Wine & Design” Evenings

A series of Wine & Design evenings that celebrate the Hamilton story through craft activities and informal discussion with museum experts.

  • Thursday, September 13 (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm) - Calligraphy

  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm) - Celebrate Alexander Hamilton’s birthday

Information and Tickets

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A participant crafting at Wine & Design

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14¢ Constitutional Convention postal card approved art. Loan from United States Postal Service, Postmaster General’s Collection

Visit the museum’s Calendar of Events for information on the many fun and educational programs available at the National Postal Museum.