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Presidential Biographer Discusses Hit Hamilton Musical

Montpelier ~ Presidential biographer Willard Sterne Randall will discuss how the life of Alexander Hamilton inspired a major Broadway musical in a talk at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier on December 6 at 7:00 p.m. His talk, “Hamilton: The Man and the Musical,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton’s life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Randall will discuss the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score.

Willard Sterne Randall is the author of thirteen books, including Benjamin Franklin and His Son, which won a Frank Luther Mott Award for research from University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism; Benedict Arnold, Patriot and Traitor, a runner-up for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Thomas Jefferson, A Life, selected as one of Publishers Weekly‘s best biographies of 1993; George Washington, A Life, included in Readers Digest‘s Best Nonfiction of 1997; and Alexander Hamilton: A Life. Randall recently received the Award of Merit from the American Revolution Roundtable in New York City, only awarded twice before in that organization’s 50-year history. He teaches American history at Champlain College in Burlington.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Montpelier are held at Kellogg-Hubbard Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Montpelier First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2017-2018 series are the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, The National Life Group Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Hamilton: The Man and the Musical” is underwritten by MMR, LLC.

For more information, contact the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802.223.3338 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life. Because Ideas Matter.