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Alexander Hamilton - Man Who Made Modern America Exhibit at Worthington Libraries

  • Old Worthington Library 820 High Street Worthington, OH, 43085 United States (map)


Opening day for the exhibit is Sept. 11 and runs through Oct. 8

Read below the description of the exhibit and all special events associated with the exhibit.

Worthington, Ohio—Worthington Libraries will host the traveling exhibit, “Alexander Hamilton – The Man who made Modern America” Sept. 11 through Oct. 8 at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

So much about Hamilton, one of our country’s most visionary founding fathers, is attractive to 21st century Americans. He was an immigrant from the Caribbean, a disadvantaged orphan who became a war hero, a self-made man who rose to become a framer of the Constitution and architect of the American financial system.

The exhibit examines Hamilton’s important role in the Revolutionary War and Founding period. More than any other founder, Hamilton foresaw the way we live now:

In “The Federalist” Papers, he advocated ratification of the Constitution.
As treasury secretary, he oversaw the adoption of a national currency.
As an economist, he recognized the importance of trade and commerce in building a strong nation.

This traveling exhibition was organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and is funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the New-York Historical Society.

The Library has planned the following special programs in conjunction with the Hamilton exhibit:

Opening Reception
September 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Old Worthington Library Fireplace Area
In her 7 p.m. talk, Alexander Hamilton: The Man behind the Musical, Dr. Margaret Newell will compare Hamilton’s portrayal in the hit Broadway musical named after him to his real-life legacy. Dr. Newell is a professor of history at The Ohio State University. Join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and to view the Hamilton exhibit. To attend, email by September 15.

Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors
September 26 from 7-8:30 p.m., Old Worthington Library Meeting Room
Born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, Alexander Hamilton immigrated to the U.S. in 1773. If you’d like to locate your foreign-born ancestors, Jayne Davis will help you get started. The president of the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society will offer tips on making your way through vital statistics and probate files, plus census, land and military records.
Fallen Founder author visit
September 28 from 7-8:30 p.m., McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St.
Never one to shrink from a fight, political or otherwise, Alexander Hamilton was killed at the age of 47 in a duel with vice president Aaron Burr. During the next installment of the library’s Hear & Now author series, Dr. Nancy Isenberg, author of the book Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, will discuss how the two men regarded each other and the events leading up to their fateful duel.

Dr. Isenberg, a history professor at Louisiana State University, is also the author of Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America, which examines the origins of the women’s rights movement, and Madison and Jefferson.

A catered dinner with the author, benefiting the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, is planned prior to her presentation, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 each, and include admission to and reserved seating at Isenberg’s lecture. The dinner is limited to 60 people; RSVP by Sept. 24.

Tickets for the presentation only are available for $15. Tickets for both the presentation and dinner can be reserved at the MAC, by phone at 614-431-0329 and online at

Hamilton on Broadway
October 5 from 7-8:30 p.m., Old Worthington Library Meeting Room
Alexander Hamilton is more than just a historical figure, he’s been brought to life for the Broadway stage in a Tony Award-winning musical. Adrienne Oehlers, a professional actor and graduate student in Ohio State University’s Department of Theatre, will share the story behind the show’s smash success.