July 10, 2006

Jason Duncan, an assistant professor of history at Aquinas College, delivered a comprehensive overview of the life of Alexander Hamilton on July 10.

“Alexander Hamilton: The Life of a Revolutionary American,” was the first in a series of five lectures the Hauenstein Center scheduled to accompany a New-York Historical Society exhibit at the Spring Lake District Library.

Dr. Duncan discussed the life of  Hamilton, from his inauspicious birth in the West Indies through his famous duel with Aaron Burr

  The beyond-capacity audience asked questions about Hamilton’s legacy and his record as U.S. Treasury Secretary.

Mary Eagin, president of the Spring Lake District Library board

  Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University

 Duncan and Whitney pose beside a life-sized statue of Alexander Hamilton in the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit, “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America.”

 A guest reads about Hamilton’s economic self-education during the Revolutionary War and his founding of the Bank of New York.

 Two other patrons read more about Hamilton’s immigration from the West Indies to New York.

 A harpist entertains guests as they tour the exhibit.

Left to right: Jason Duncan, Mary Eagin, Lisa Donner, Claire Sheridan, and Gleaves Whitney

 Left to right: Gleaves Whitney, Mandi Bird, Jason Duncan, Kathy Rent, Melissa Ware, and Brian Flanagan