Alexander Hamilton - The Man Who Made Modern America
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The exhibition:

Featured some of the rarest and most precious historical objects and documents connected with Alexander Hamilton and the Founding era, including the pistols that Hamilton and Burr used in their deadly duel, original copies of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and handwritten correspondence between Hamilton and his friends and enemies.

Brought together for the first time unique materials of the New-York Historical Society with selected items from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York, the Library of Congress, the Gilder Lehrman Collection, the Bank of New York, and many others.

Was designed by the world-renowned Ralph Appelbaum Associates, designers of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Constitution Center, and others of the world's most admired museums.

Was curated by writer and historian Richard Brookhiser (author, Alexander Hamilton, American), supported by a team of more than ten curators and specialists from the New-York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and other institutions.

Connected Americans -- from delegates to the Republican National Convention, to college students and teachers, to members of the general public -- to the legacy of Alexander Hamilton not only by the display of rare historical objects, but also by means of film, an original play about Hamilton, and a broad array of publications and special programming.

Reached large numbers of school children through an extensive program of visits, teacher programs, and public forums during the exhibition's six-month run in New York City, and will continue to do so through a subsequent traveling version, a permanent Hamilton web site, print publications and DVDs.

Image: Tontine Coffee House, c. 1800, in lower Manhattan