To see original documents, photographs, and other materials from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, please visit the museums listed below.

Gilder Lehrman Exhibitions

The New-York Historical Society

Alexander Hamilton (through September 2016)Engraving of Alexander Hamilton, based on a painting by Alonzo Chappel

Three exhibition cases curated by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History display key documents from Hamilton’s life, including his famous “nut brown maid” love letter to his fiancée, Elizabeth Schuyler; the infamous pamphlet admitting to his affair with Maria Reynolds; and a letter supporting Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in the Election of 1800, which states, “In a choice of Evils let them take the least―Jefferson is in every view less dangerous than Burr.”

The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, New York



On View Nationally

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum 

George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, 1799. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)Path to the Presidency (through October 9, 2016) is an interactive exhibition that lets viewers step into a candidate’s shoes for a peek into past presidential campaigns, the changing face of the American electorate, and a glimpse at life on the campaign trail. A Gilder Lehrman Collection letter from George Washington explaining his unwillingness to accept a third presidential term is one of the many artifacts, documents, photos, and videos that bring the historic campaign trail to life. 

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 


Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

Camp scenes and sketches of the Andrew Light Infantry, 1864. (Gilder Lehrman ColWith Brush, Mold, Chisel, and Pen: Reflections on Civil War Art, June 2016–June 2017, features fifteen items from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, including an oil painting of Ulysses Grant, a bone kerchief slide, and a Civil War soldiers sketchbook.

The exhibit features some of the most celebrated artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuriesincluding several who served in the war. It showcases artwork in oil, pen and ink, and sculpture that captures battles and the experiences of leaders and common soldiers. These objectsmany related to Gettysburgevoke a portrait of the United States during one of its most turbulent eras.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The New-York Historical Society

Slave shackles for a young child, 1800 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

New York Rising, ongoing, includes slave shackles meant for a young child and several letters from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Explore the story of New York and America in the newly designed Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Covering the period from the American Revolution through the New-York Historical Society’s 1804 founding, a contemporary interpretation of a nineteenth-century salon-style display uses some of New-York Historical Society’s most treasured objects and cutting-edge technology to convey the historical narrative.

The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York, New York

Printing of Andrew Jackson's inaugural address, 1829. (The Gilder Lehrman CollecA printing of Andrew Jackson’s first inaugural address from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is part of the Constitution Center’s core exhibition, The Story of We the People. The exhibition tells the story of the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through more than 100 multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts. It also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, “Freedom Rising,” and Signers’ Hall. The exhibit experience takes visitors through important events in the nation’s history and through unique, interactive exhibits, demonstrating that the United States Constitution is as important today as it was in the Founding Era.

Also on view is a presidential pardon of the ten ringleaders of the Whiskey Rebellion in the exhibition Powers of the PresidentThis exhibition explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time.

The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania