Alexander Hamilton at the library

Library hosts Alexander Hamilton exhibit and accompanying programs for children

The Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries is hosting “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” from February 10 through March 14. This multi-paneled exhibit developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History covers the life and achievements of Alexander Hamilton who shaped the financial, political, and legal systems of the young United States and his central role during the Revolutionary War and the founding period from 1774 through 1804.

Accompanying the exhibit will be the following children’s programs hosted by the Grants Pass branch:

  • Rapping with Hamilton: “Hamilton!”
    Saturday, February 11 from noon to 2 p.m.

    Students are invited to analyze the life of Alexander Hamilton through Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics of the Tony Award winning Broadway show.
  • Rapping with Hamilton:Make your own rap!”
    Saturday, February 25 from noon to 2 p.m.
    Students are invited to learn how to make their own historical rap of two common soldiers from the Revolutionary Era using historical documents.

The traveling exhibition has been made possible through the efforts of South Middle School history teacher and 2006 Gilder-Lehrman Oregon History Teacher of the Year Lois MacMillan in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, The New York Historical Society, the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.

The exhibit is free and available for viewing during regular operating hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about Alexander Hamilton at the library, email or call 541-476-0571.