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Hamilton Comes to Naperville

A founding father has made his way to Naper Settlement.

A new traveling exhibit, entitled “The Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” is now available for viewing at Naper Settlement.

Traveling from New York, the exhibit features different aspects and periods of Alexander Hamilton’s life: from his role in the American Revolution to being a lawmaker, economist and a futurist.

“This exhibit deals with an era of history we don’t always explore here, we tend to focus on the 19th and 20th centuries so it’s sort of fun to go back to earlier roots, and it’s also great timing to coincide with the musical ‘Hamilton’ in Chicago,” said Jennifer Bridge, Curator of Exhibits and Interpretations at Naper Settlement.

The display also includes two original newspapers and a map from the time of Alexander Hamilton, which were donated by local Naperville collectors.

“The two newspapers are from New York, which is where he was living at the time, and one of them gives some of the first news of the conflict between the Colonials and the British troops at Lexington and Concord and that inspired Hamilton to join the local New York militia and become directly involved in the war effort,” said Bridge.

The exhibit is free with museum admission and will be on display until October 12th.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.


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