American Revolution Museum talks highlight AfterWARd exhibition

As part of the special exhibition, AfterWARd, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is in the middle of hosting 13 programs, public lectures and presentations.

The museum has already hosted five programs, among them a one-act play on James Lafayette and a traveling exhibition, Profiles of Honor, detailing Virginia's role in World War I and II and the stories of people who served in both wars.

Two programs on Alexander Hamilton highlight the September programming. On Sept. 16, Eben Kuhns of the American Historical Theater portrays Hamilton, and then the following day, Rand Scholet, president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, and Michael Newton, a Hamilton biographer, discusses Hamilton's impact on the U.S. as the country's first Secretary of the Treasury.

The museum hosts three more programs in October. Phil Hamilton, a history professor at Christopher Newport University, gives a lecture Oct. 12 on the Revolutionary War Lives and Letters of Lucy and Henry Knox. Two lectures on Lafayette come to the museum Oct. 18, one on Lafayette's Grand Tour of 1824 and the other on Lafayette and Human Rights.

Remaining schedule of events:

Sept. 16: Meet Alexander Hamilton with Eben Kuhns of the American Historical Theater. Admission: Free with museum admission, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sept. 17: Alexander Hamilton: Legacy of a Founding Father lecture with Rand Scholet and Michael Newton. Admission: Free with museum admission. Advance reservations recommended, (757) 253-4572, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29-30: The American Soldier, 1774-2015, with Broadway actor Douglas Taurel, Admission: $14, 8 p.m.

Oct. 12: The Revolutionary War Lives and Letters of Lucy and Henry Knox lecture, with Phil Hamilton, history professor at Christopher Newport University. Admission: Free, though advance reservations recommended at 757-253-4572, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Lafayette's Grand Tour of 1824 lecture with Alan Hoffman, president of the American Friends of Lafayette. Admission: Free with museum admission, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 18: Lafayette and Human Rights lecture with Diane Shaw, director of special collections at Lafayette College. Admission: Free with museum admission, 4 p.m.

The final event in November isn't a lecture, but comedy. On Nov. 11, the graduates of Comedy Bootcamp, a seven-week workshop by the Armed Forces Arts Partnership, come to the museum for Stand Up Comedy Night.

Want to go?

Admission: $12 adults, $7 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. Those in the military can purchase discounted tickets at most bases' recreation offices.

Hours: 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.

Address: Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. Contact: (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit http://www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center/afterward/

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