Bicentennial Assembly, Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m., Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts
With all due pomp and circumstance, Hamilton’s Bicentennial Assembly will begin with a processional of regalia-clad faculty members, trustees, local officials and delegates, with formal greetings from the Student Assembly, Board of Trustees and Alumni Association presidents. In addition to remarks by President Joan Hinde Stewart and Robert Simon, the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Philosophy, members of the College community will present a reading of the original College Charter. Accompanied by bagpipes, the assembly will recess to an all-community picnic on the Dunham Green.
Bicentennial Fireworks, Friday, September 23, 8:45 p.m., Royce Baseball Field (rain date: Saturday, September 24)
World-Class Bicentennial Kickoff Jazz, Friday, September 23, 9 p.m., Fillius Events Barn
Pianist Dick Hyman leads an all-star sextet for the third consecutive year. In what is becoming a “tradition within a tradition,” Hyman will direct a dream band comprised of guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, drummer Jackie Williams, bassist Nicki Parrott, trumpeter Randy Sandke and clarinetist Evan Christopher. Hyman and Pizzarelli hold honorary degrees from Hamilton. Sponsored by the Hamilton College Jazz Archive.
Comstock Memorial Luncheon, Friday, September 23, noon, Tolles Pavilion
This annual event named in honor of Helen and Doane Comstock ’27, whose generous bequest to Hamilton benefits student scholarships, fosters connections among those who care deeply about the College — trustees, scholarship donors, student scholarship recipients and parents. Students have the opportunity to meet and get to know those directly associated with their named awards. (by invitation)
Emerson Gallery Exhibits
Time Capsules and Cornerstones: 200 Years of Collective Memory at Hamilton
Inspired by a 19th-century campus tradition in which classes created and buried time capsules, this display explores how devices such as mementos, scrapbooks and monuments have been used by generations of Hamiltonians to create a shared experience. The exhibition features items from the College Archives and concludes with an invitation to contribute ideas and content to a 2012 time capsule to be sealed at the conclusion of the College’s bicentennial year.
Learning to Look: Hamilton’s Cabinets, Galleries and Museums Past, Present and Future
This exhibit traces the little-known history of galleries and museums at Hamilton, from early “cabinets of curiosities,” to the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, scheduled to open in fall 2012. Using collections and archival materials, Learning to Look examines the legacy of these spaces and their functions as classrooms. Highlights include selections from the Oren Root Mineral Collection, ethnographic and natural specimens once featured in the Knox Hall of Natural History (1883-1926) and works from the Memorial Hall and Art Gallery (1873-1924).
Clinton Historical Society Exhibit
Celebrating Hamilton at 200, a collection of photographs, artifacts and memorabilia, will be on display at the Clinton Historical Society, located off the Village Green at One Fountain Street. The museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 23-24. On Sunday, September 25, at 2 p.m., Hamilton’s Associate Vice President for Facilities and Planning Steve Bellona P’03 will lead a discussion titled “The History of Land Development and Buildings of Hamilton” (see schedule for details).