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Patterson Library Hosts Alexander Hamilton Exhibit

(from Lubbock Public Libraries )


Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most visionary founding fathers, is with us every day, not only in our wallets, on the $10 bill, but also in the republic’s most vital institutions. On July 17, 2018, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will bring Alexander Hamilton to Bobbie Gean and TJ Patterson Branch Library in the traveling exhibition, “Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary.” The exhibit will be on display at Bobbie Gean and TJ Patterson Branch Library through August 14, 2018.

The Patterson Library is located at 1836 Parkway Drive in Lubbock.

The exhibition, funded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation, examines Hamilton’s important role in the Revolutionary War and Founding period. More than any other founder, Hamilton foresaw the way we live now. In his Federalist Papers he advocated ratification of the Constitution, as treasury secretary, he oversaw the adoption of a national currency, and as an economist, he recognized the importance of trade and commerce in building a strong nation. Never one to shrink from a fight, political or otherwise, Hamilton was killed at the age of 47 in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. “Americans of the 21st century may admire Hamilton more than any generation since the founders themselves,” said James G. Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute. “So much about him is attractive to us. He was an immigrant from the Caribbean, a disadvantaged orphan who became a war hero, a self-made man who rose to become a framer of the Constitution and architect of the American financial system.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be available for viewing during library hours (Monday/Tuesday 10am-7pm, Wednesday-Saturday 9am-6pm). For more information on the traveling exhibition “Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary,” contact the Bobbie Gean and TJ Patterson Branch Library at (806) 767-3300.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994. Increasingly national and international in scope, the Institute promotes the study and love of American History among students, scholars, and the general public. It helps create history-centered schools and academic research centers, organizes seminars and enrichment programs fro educators, partners with school districts to implement Teaching American History grants, and produces print and electronic publications, and traveling exhibitions. The Institute also sponsors the Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and George Washington Book Prizes, and offers fellowships for scholarly research.

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