Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America

FDU’s Weiner Library to host “Alexander Hamilton” traveling exhibition

Teaneck, NJ (September 16, 2008) – His face is on the ten-dollar bill, but most Americans know more about his death in a duel than his remarkable life as one of the most influential figures in U.S. history. Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury at age 32, is the focus of a groundbreaking new traveling exhibition opening at FDU’s Weiner Library on October 16.

Weiner Library
“We are delighted to have been selected as the only Northern New Jersey site for this exhibition,” said Dr. James Marcum, University Librarian. “The exhibit, free and open to the public, serves as the centerpiece and the library is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public to further enrich the experience. Hamilton’s pivotal role in providing a foundation for the complex society we live in will be a revelation for many who view this exhibit. Some authors consider him responsible for founding the American economy and the federal government.”

The exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Library Association with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” tells the story of Hamilton’s rise from an orphaned, 15-year-old West Indies immigrant to George Washington’s war-time aide – a Revolutionary War patriot and soldier, financial and legal genius, and an ardent opponent of slavery. He was the chief architect of many of the financial, political and legal institutions so familiar to Americans today.

Historian and Hamilton biographer Richard Brookhiser said, “When you cash a paycheck or vote for President, follow the war against terrorism or criticize the government, read a newspaper or sit next to someone of a different race on the subway, you are doing something that he foresaw and helped to make happen.”

The exhibit will be at the Weiner Library from October 16 – December 5, 2008, during library hours. The library is located on River Road, Teaneck, NJ. For more information, visit or call (201) 692 2279. To arrange for groups of 10 or more, call (201) 692 2285.

For Immediate Release

There are a host of events accompanying the exhibit  “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America.” All events are free and these special programs will be held in FDU’s Weiner Library, River Road, Teaneck. Please join us.

For information, call (201) 692-2279.


Monday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.: “Dynamic Learning Styles: Hamilton vs. Franklin” by James W. Marcum, University Librarian

Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.: Discussion and viewing of the film “The Duel” with Chris Rasmussen, associate professor of history.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m.: “Hamilton Grange, the home of Alexander Hamilton and a U.S. National Memorial Site,” with George Tonki, park ranger.


Monday, Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m.: A lecture, “The Revolutionary War in Bergen County: The Times That Tried Men’s Souls,” by Carol Karels, Leonia, N.J., municipal historian and author of The Revolutionary War in Bergen County: The Times That Tried Men’s Souls.

Thursday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.: “Reason and Passion: Alexander Hamilton— A Staged Reading,” produced/directed by Ellen Spaldo, assistant professor of English.  Periodicals Department, Second Floor, Weiner Library, seating is limited to 25 attendees.

Monday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.:“Art and Architecture of Hamilton Grange,” a presentation by Joan Taylor, associate professor, communication arts.

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