Washington Middle School to host Alexander Hamilton symposium

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Traveling exhibition to be featured

A symposium at Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls next week will feature a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History traveling exhibition titled “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America.” (Contributed photo)

Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most visionary founding fathers, is with us every day — not only in our wallets on the $10 bill, but also in the republic’s most vital institutions.

From the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution to the creation of our country’s economic system, Hamilton foresaw the future of the nation that he helped build.

He was an immigrant from the Caribbean, a disadvantaged orphan who became a war hero, a self-made man who rose to become a framer of the Constitution and architect of the American financial system, and an idealist who was killed at the age of 47 in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

On March 15, seventh-grade students at Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls will present a symposium in which students will present the life and accomplishments of this amazing individual.

A special feature of this symposium will be the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History traveling exhibition titled “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America.” Funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, this exhibition is based upon the New York Historical Society exhibition of the same name.

The public is invited to attend this symposium, which will be open 3:45-7 p.m. on March 15.