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Alexander Hamilton Comes to Town

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has produced a creative curriculum in partnership with the musical Hamilton, with more than 250,000 high school students in 30 tour cities (through the 2020–2021 school year) completing a rigorous Founding Era curriculum. Students perform their own creative works and see the show. The Institute also provides a fully online master’s degree in partnership with Pace University with more than 600 American history teachers currently enrolled, hosts more than 70,000 original documents, has 22,000 schools as network affiliates, and has a unique Teaching Literacy through History curriculum that helps more than 2,000 teachers per year use primary sources to integrate English literacy with historical literacy. The Teacher Seminar Program, having operated for 25 years, brings eminent scholars to 1,000 teachers per year to discuss content and pedagogy. A Teaching Civics through History pilot will use foundational American documents to give students a historical perspective on current events that will inform civic action projects—providing a stronger educational foundation than is common in “civic engagement” programs.


Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

New York, NY

Annual expenditures: $9 million

President: James G. Basker


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