Hamilton and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Bring Hands-On History to Schools

NEW YORK, NY (March 16)-- Hamilton and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) today announced the twenty outstanding performance and lottery winners. The competition and lottery is part of Hamilton’s and GLI's  innovative Hamilton Education Program, which is offered online, free to schools serving grades 6-12 across the country.

The Hamilton Education Program Online (#EduHam) engages students with 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. Students can then 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 hope that every school in America takes advantage of this opportunity, which provides an educational and entertaining experience for students,” said James G. Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

All participants have the opportunity to enter their original performance piece in both a national competition and a lottery. The creators of the twenty creative pieces—10 as outstanding performance winners and 10 in a general lottery—receive an all-expenses-paid theater experience in New York City, including a performance of Hamilton.

2023 EduHam Online Competition-Winning Performances:

  • “Mercy Otis Warren” (Cesar Chavez High School, Laveen, AZ)
  • “The Friendship of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams” (The Harker School, San Jose, CA)
  • “Patrick Henry” (The Harker School, San Jose, CA)
  • “The Boston Tea Party” (St. Paul’s School, Visalia, CA)
  • “Women in the Revolution” (Von Steuben Metro Science Center, Chicago, IL)
  • “People Run—The Lexington and Concord” (North Oldham Middle School, Goshen, KY)
  • “The Divorce of 1836” (at-home project in Oxon Hill, MD)
  • “Alexander Hamilton: The Rap” (West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield, MI)
  • “Regret” (Chatham High School, Chatham, NJ)
  • “Forever Theodosia” (Grisham Middle School, Austin, TX)

2023 EduHam Online Lottery-Winning Performances:

  • “Angelica’s Past” (R. F. Bumpus Middle School, Hoover, AL)
  • “Olaudah Equiano” (Mountainside Middle School, Scottdale, AZ)
  • “Valley Forge” (St. Paul’s School, Visalia, CA)
  • “Enough Is Enough” (East Liverpool High School, East Liverpool, OH)
  • “Dear Eliza” (Wilton Jr./Sr. High School, Wilton, IA)
  • “King George III” (Mayberry Culture and Fine Arts Magnet Middle School, Wichita, KS)
  • “Incognito Spy” (Community School of Davidson, Davidson, NC)
  • “The General” (Chatham High School, Chatham, NJ)
  • “Death of Hamilton” (Lycée Français de New York, New York, NY)
  • “Pamphlet Wars” (Roseway Heights Middle School, Portland, OR)

Schools interested in signing up for the Hamilton Education Program Online should visit

“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.”

“The Hamilton Education Program has always been about engaging and inspiring the next generation of American youth. The Hamilton Education Program Online dramatically expands 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.

An extension of the Hamilton Education Program, the Hamilton Education Program Online 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.

About Hamilton

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.

For information on HAMILTON, visit,,, and

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, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

For information on the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, visit,,, and

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

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