First Fridays at the Gilder Lehrman Collection

Join us on February 3, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to explore documents relating to Black History Month, Valentines Day, and Abraham Lincolns birthday. Learn the fascinating stories behind the documents and enjoy a glass of wine while you chat with our curators and other educators.

Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, October 5, 1780. (The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)

Our featured document this month is a love letter from Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schyuler (It would make John Adams blush!).

Other highlights will include

  • Receipt acknowledging the final payment for land ceded by the Six Nations in 1769
  • Document from the Constitutional Convention concerning a fugitive slave clause
  • Document certifying the freedom of an African American who served in the Continental Army
  • Early “love” letter from Abraham Lincoln
  • Confederate soldier Gustave Cook shows us what not to write to your wife

Please join us for this unique opportunity to experience American history up close.

This is a free program.

For more information, please contact Beth Huffer at 646-366-9666 ext. 38 or [email protected].

Space is limited to 40 people.

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