Hamilton the Musical

Perhaps you have heard of Alexander Hamilton. He was a lawyer, senior officer of the Army, chief aide to George Washington, writer of the Federalist papers, prominent promoter, and interpreter of the United States Constitution, and the first Secretary of Treasury. In addition to being a founding father of the United States of America, he also founded the Federalist Party, American economic and financial systems, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post. Even today, 200 years later, he is on the ten dollar bill and the star of one of the biggest shows on Broadway.

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“Hamilton: An American Musical” debuted in January of 2015 and has been a smash hit ever since. Shows are sold out all the way through January of 2017 and for good reason. “Hamilton” has received 16 Tony nominations including Best Musical, setting a new record for most Tony nominations. The musical has already won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama and 2016 Grammy award for Best Musical Theater Album.

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Much of the show’s success stems from its hip-hop music and racial diversity. It is sure to give you a thrilling new perspective on history, America, and the founding fathers.  The story line follows the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, but audience members will recognize other famous characters including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Aaron Burr. As the NY Times review writes, “The show is most directly about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, but it is more broadly, and boldly, about America itself — its origins and its aspirations — as it deftly uses contemporary music and a multi-ethnic cast to suggest that the revolutionary impulses of the nation’s founding generation are as relevant and as riveting today as they were in the 18th century.”

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Writer, composer, and lead actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda has revolutionized the relationships between past and present, history and Broadway, the American Revolution and hip-hop with this fresh, unconventional, and highly successful show. The MacArthur Fellowship website, of which Miranda is a 2015 recipient of their “Genius Grant,” describes how Miranda uniquely coupled street culture with Hamilton’s story to elicit the “youthful, defiant spirit of the American Revolution” and varying ethnic casting to relate “the present day to the diverse immigrant society of the thirteen rebel colonies.” “Hamilton” has already begun to transform Broadway, attract new audiences, and inspire innovative approaches to theater and history.

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Even though it is sold out, there are still a couple ways you can see the show. View your best options at this website.

If you cannot wait to see the musical or learn more about Alexander Hamilton, you can read the biography that the musical is based on, available at the Aurora Public Library: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

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Or these other Alexander Hamilton titles also available at the library:

  Kostyal Hamilton  Cantor Hamilton

  Kent Hamilton  Higgins Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton led such an interesting life, not limited to a scandalous affair, dramatic duel, untimely death, and lasting legacy, that his biography is a must-read, the audio book a must-hear, the show a must-see, and the soundtrack a must-listen!

National Scrapbook Day- May 7th, 2016

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Looking for a new hobby? Wanting to declutter and organize your photos and papers? Wishing you could better remember and relive your favorite memories? Scrapbooking is a fun and easy solution!

Anyone can scrapbook! If you do not have a creative bone in your body, or if you are up to your ears in crafty ideas, scrapbooking is the perfect medium to capture important moments. Your scrapbook can be as hassle-free and minimalistic, or bursting with glitter and pizzazz, as you like. In fact, stores even have scrapbooking kits with all the more artistic aspects already completed or in step-by-step format so you will appear more like a creative genius than you might really care to admit.

For those new to the crafting game, scrapbooking is essentially the process of compiling your pictures, programs/bulletins, ticket stubs, letters, awards, newspaper clippings, and any other tokens of life and memorable moments into a binder or album. Once completed, it is an invaluable creation that can span generations. You, your family and friends can pull it out at any time to reminisce or tell a story. You will not have to keep a collection of boxes of old papers and photos under your bed or in the closet any longer. No more searching for a document that you cannot easily find or finding a picture that you cannot remember when or where it was taken. When making your scrapbook, you can write as much as you would like on the pages, noting names, dates, locations, and how funny it was when Cousin Johnny fell into lake seconds after the photo was taken on the dock. Scrapbooks are a wonderful tool for remembering vacations, friendships, adventures, and celebrations to the fullest. It can be done alone, with a friend, or even as a special event with a whole group of “scrapbookers” sharing tips and ideas.

If you are interested in giving scrapbooking a try, here is what you will need to get started:

  • A binder or photo album
  • Memorabilia
  • Paper
  • Pens, markers, etc.
  • Tape, scissors, glue, etc.
  • Any fun little things you want to add (stickers, ribbons, buttons, colored paper, etc.)
  • Your memories

 

Most of these items can be found around the house and will do just fine. If you want your scrapbook to be of higher quality, you can find an overwhelming variety of supplies at craft stores like JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s. Many stores like Walmart, Tuesday Morning, or Target offer a smaller, albeit cheaper selection as well. You can use any printed photos you already have, or if you want to print pictures off your computer, smartphone, or electronic device, places like Walgreens and Meijer offer reasonably priced, easy-to-use printing services. Creative inspiration and help can be found online and, of course, at your local library! Check out these books at the Aurora Public Library District:


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And these titles available through the Indiana Digital Download Center when you sign in with your library card:

 

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Here a few websites to get you on the right track:

 

Now gather your ideas, preserve your memories, design your pages, and best of luck scrapbooking!