Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Hosts Hamilton Lecture April 19
An Unexpected Chance for Martyrdom: Alexander Hamilton’s Duel with Aaron Burr – The Musical vs. the Reality
Dr. Peter Henriques is not throwing away his shot! He will explore this critical event in American political life and one that has captivated millions on Broadway and beyond. Dr. Henriques, Professor Emeritus of History from George Mason University, will argue that Hamilton came to see Burr’s challenge as a way to die a heroic death, secure his legacy, destroy Burr’s political viability, and strike a blow at secession.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 per person and $10 for members of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum volunteers. Tickets may be purchased by calling 703.746.4242 or through the online shop at www.shop.alexandriava.gov.
As America emerged as a nation in the late 18th and early 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. Today, the tavern continues the tradition of opening its doors to the community through a variety of special events.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.746.3852, Virginia Relay 711.
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