History, Theater, and Hamilton: Concept Students and the Hamilton Experience

History, Theater, and Hamilton: Concept Students and the Hamilton Experience

The highly acclaimed play Hamilton: An American Musical was quite the experience for 60 students and a few lucky teacher/chaperones from Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA). As a STEM-focused academy, CMSA values science, technology, engineering, and math, but they also highly value the arts and humanities. It was a day-long affair with student performances on the Hamilton stage, followed by a Q&A with members of the cast. This experience gave students the opportunity to learn around the art of theater as well as the importance of history and culture.  

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is partnering with Hamilton and The Rockefeller Foundation on the Hamilton Education Program to enhance their mission “to improve the teaching and learning of American history.” Title I high schools in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles have been invited to see the musical for $10 per ticket and “to integrate Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era into classroom studies.”

The Gilder Lehrman Institute has extensive resources for teachers through their educational programming. According to the website, the Gilder Lehrman Collection “includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States.” As a K-12 educator, just subscribe to the Collection with your email and then you have all those resources at your fingertips!

Please take advantage of these resources through this link: https://gilderlehrman.org/programs-exhibitions/hamilton 

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