Wednesday, August 28, 3:30 pm
How did a poor kid from the island of Nevis end up forming our new nation’s economy? We’ll discuss Alexander Hamilton’s exciting life and death at this book wrap after reading Newbery-Honor author Jean Fritz’s biography of him, Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider. We’ll also take an up-close look at some rare and precious documents related to Hamilton’s life and times from the Gilder Lerhman Institute’s vast collection. This is truly a behind-the-scenes event!
About Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider
Alexander Hamilton’s story, though it mostly takes place before there is such a thing as the USA, is uniquely “American.” Coming from humble beginnings, he becomes George Washington’s aide de camp and, eventually, the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury…but he’s not without his enemies along the way. From Booklist’s starred review: “Fritz, a notable biographer of the Revolutionary War period for young people, provides a brisk, well-written account introducing Founding Father Alexander Hamilton as an outsider to America….This lively biography sheds light on Hamilton’s character and his place at the nation’s beginnings”
About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book and participate in on-line discussions with authors, educators, and other families. Get ideas for discussion, ask authors questions, and visit the History Detectives blog! At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, meet other history detectives, and even the authors! Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.
About the History Detectives blog
Hear from book club authors, find out about some do-it-yourself projects, and learn about all the cool stuff in the New-York Historical Society's collection at this blog for young historians! New content each week, this blog is written for parents and kids.