About the Hamilton Education Program

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.

For press inquiries, please contact hamilton@gilderlehrman.org.

Press Coverage

Google Blog (Hamilton Education Program + Google Exhibitions partnership)
San Francisco Chronicle

Stanford Arts Review

Oakland Unified School District
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Sun-Times

Arrive magazine (cover feature)
New York Times
New York Post
New York Daily News
NPR
Huffington Post
Newsweek
Wall Street Journal

Hamilton Education Program press release (original)
Hamilton Education Program press release (national expansion)

Related Videos

CNN on the Hamilton Education Program + Google Exhibitions partnership
PBS NewsHour coverage of the Hamilton Education Program
President Barack Obama discusses the Hamilton Education Program and the cast performs “Alexander Hamilton” at White House
Lin-Manuel Miranda, interviewed on NBC Nightly News
Ron Chernow, interviewed on Charlie Rose

Hamilton Education Program Partners

Hamilton
The Rockefeller Foundation
The New York City Department of Education

Hamilton Education Program Partner Logos

Participating Schools in New York

April 13, 2016

May 11, 2016

October 19, 2016

November 2, 2016

November 30, 2016

December 14, 2016

January 18, 2017

February 8, 2017

February 15, 2017

March 1, 2017

March 15, 2017

March 29, 2017

April 19, 2017

April 26, 2017

May 10, 2017

May 24, 2017

June 7, 2017

 

Participating Schools in Chicago

February 22, 2017

March 1, 2017

March 15, 2017

April 26, 2017

May 31, 2017

 

Upcoming Matinees in San Francisco

March 22, 2017

April 12, 2017

April 26, 2017

May 3, 2017