MOUNT VERNON — Starting off the 2011 chatauqua season, “Spend an Evening With...,” is Alexander Hamilton — a founding father, first Secretary of the Treasury, aide-de-camp for Gen. George Washington, leader of American nationalists during the creation of the U.S. Constitution, political philosopher, economist and let’s not forget, lost his life in a duel with Aaron Burr, the only man do kill a man while vice president of the United States.
Portraying Hamilton is Dr. Frank Dunkle, Ohio Humanities Council speaker. The event will be at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 111 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. The program is by donation.
Opening the program is the musical group Pocketful o’ Gimmick, which will provide a sampling of music Americans heard during Hamilton’s time. Using violins, flute, squeeze box, banjo, guitar, mandolin, keyboards and bass, Pocketful o’ Gimmick have provided the music enjoyed at contra dances, the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival and at several Chautauqua’s throughout the state of Ohio.
Hamilton was one of the first American self-made men. He was born out of wedlock, in the British West Indies [Carribean Islands], worked his way to a funding [scholarships were not available at the time] by island leaders to attend Columbia College in New York. He became involved in the American Revolution and was aide-de-camp and a close confident of Gen. George Washington. Hamilton rose to lead the efforts of nationalists in the creation of the U.S. Constitution, was a leader of his party and enemy of Thomas Jefferson’s agrarian view of the country, and surprisingly influenced the vote that gave Jefferson the presidency over Aaron Burr, an influence that eventually cost him his life in a duel with Burr.
At the end of the evening, the audience is encouraged to ask questions.
The fifth season of Elixir’s Chautauqua series continues on Feb. 10 with Jim Stoner portraying John Wilkes Booth, assassin of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Annette Jefferson [OHC Speaker] returns with the program “Riding with Rosa Parks” on Feb. 24. For a complete listing of the 20 programs on the 2011 Chautauqua season, go to www.elixirsings.com or www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 392-6102 or 392-3018.
The chautauqua series takes place at ThePlace@TheWoodward at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-serve. The facility is a first floor theater and is handicapped accessible. The program opens with music, a short intermission, the featured speaker and then a question and answer period.
Published on January 25, 2011