DIGITAL VERSION OF CELEBRATED HAMILTON EDUCATION PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED FREE TO SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE
HAMILTON and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Bring Hands-On History to Schools
NEW YORK, NY (August 14)-- The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) and HAMILTON today announced the nationwide launch of a digital version of their innovative education program, offered free to schools serving grades 6-12 across the country.
The Hamilton Education Program Online (#EduHamOnline) expands access and gives middle school students the opportunity to participate in the education program for the first time. Along with high school students, they will engage in a custom-designed education program that integrates the study of the Founding Era with the performing arts. The program features a wealth of materials on the #EduHamOnline website, including information about more than 45 Founding Era figures, 14 events, and 24 key documents, as well as 175 supporting documents, video clips from HAMILTON, and more.
Completely adaptable for remote or hybrid learning, the program encourages students to use their newfound knowledge to create original pieces – a song, rap, spoken word, or scene – at the end of their remote or physical classroom studies.
“We’re very excited to make the Hamilton Education Program more readily available to a wider age group of students across the country,” said James G. Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute. “We hope that every school in America takes advantage of this opportunity, which provides an educational and entertaining experience for students.
All participants will have the opportunity to enter their performance piece in both a national competition and a lottery. Winners will be selected once a year and invited to New York City, when theaters reopen, to attend an all-expenses-paid, full-day theater experience, including a performance of HAMILTON. Schools interested in signing up for the Hamilton Education Program Online should visit gilderlehrman.org/eduhamonline.
“From everything that has come out of HAMILTON, I am most proud of EduHam and of the students who have created their own incredible work from primary sources,” said HAMILTON creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I’m thrilled by the storytelling that comes out of the EduHam curriculum and the hunger it awakens in students who are empowered to dig deeper and find inspiration from our collective history.”
An extension of the Hamilton Education Program, the Hamilton Education Program Online (#EduHamOnline) completed a successful pilot program during the 2019/2020 academic year with 73 schools. The pilot program for EduHam Online was funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, which generously provided the seed funding for the creation of the Hamilton Education Program in 2016. Program partners fundraised for the annual recurring program costs to ensure the program remains free for all participating students in perpetuity. On the heels of the free digital EduHam at Home program, which launched in April 2020 for individual participants as a self-guided resource for at-home learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this new expansion opens up the program online for free for all middle and high schools—both public and private—for the first time in the lead up to the fall 2020 school semester.
“The Hamilton Education Program has always been about engaging and inspiring the next generation of American youth. The new Hamilton Education Program Online will dramatically expand this mission by giving students and teachers nationwide access to an innovative digital curriculum that contextualizes our complicated history and its ever-lasting importance,” said HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
About The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education. The Institute is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. Its mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the Council of Independent Colleges.
For information on the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, visit gilderlehrman.org,
About The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, policy and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power and equity & economic opportunity. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas and conversations. For more information, visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org.
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