The monthly series of bicentennial displays, Hands on Hamilton History, continues with an exhibition of documents from around the time of the Revolutionary War and the following decades, including the founding and operation of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy. The items will be on display in the Patricia Pogue Couper Research Room in the Emerson Rare Book Room on the third floor of Burke Library on Thursday, Oct. 20. At 10 a.m. at 2 p.m., brief discussions of the items will be held and visitors will be able to get up close to the artifacts and even handle some of them. On Friday, the items will be moved to the display cases on the library’s first floor.
Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730-1794) was a major general of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and later laid the cornerstone for the Hamilton-Oneida Academy. Included in the display are two of his letters, dated 1781 and 1786; a 1794 article about his laying of the cornerstone and an engraving. Documents relating to the Hamilton-Oneida Academy include a floor plan, receipts, a program for student performances and a partial list of students. Also included in the display is a 1770 letter to Samuel Kirkland that reports on the “Boston Massacre” leading up to the Revolution.
Each month Archivist Katherine Collett and Director of Special Collections Christian Goodwillie will assemble a small group of documents, artifacts and visual materials relating to a specific period in the history of Hamilton College.
Upcoming exhibitions include:
Nov.17 – Founding of Hamilton College
Dec. 15 – Life and Education in the Early Decades of Hamilton College