Hamilton’s Education Program Features Students from 9 Hartford Public High Schools

Hamilton’s Education Program Features Students from 9 Hartford Public High Schools

The innovative educational program debuts in Hartford on Thursday, December 13, 2018 when over 2,600 students and teachers from 21 high schools will attend the matinee performance of the musical, Hamilton at the Bushnell.

Hamilton is the story about one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

The December 13th performance will provide students the opportunity to experience the musical after having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers.

In addition to seeing a performance, students will participate in a Q&A with members of the cast.  Students representing various schools in attendance will also perform an original work they created based on their classroom studies – songs, rap, poetry, scenes, monologues – on the Bushnell stage in front of their peers.

Students from the following Hartford Public Schools will participate:

  • Bulkeley High School
  • Capital Preparatory Magnet School
  • Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College
  • Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy
  • Hartford Public High School
  • High School, Inc.
  • Journalism and Media Academy
  • Pathways Academy of Technology & Design
  • University High School of Science and Engineering

Students from Pathways Academy of Technology and Design practice their original works.


The Hamilton Education Program is one of several history education programs offered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Its president, James G. Basker devised the education program in tandem with the play’s creator and producer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller, and The Rockefeller Foundation.  Mr. Basker states, “This project is transformative. It struck a chord with our students because it embodies what great history education is all about: bringing the past to life and fostering connections with the exceptional individuals and moments that have made us who we are. This program empowers students to reclaim their own narrative and teachers to bridge classroom learning with the stage.”

Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller says about the program, “Our goal is to ensure students have a shot to see Hamilton and use its words, music, and staging to further their understanding and enjoyment of American history, music, and drama.”

The Hartford program has also been made possible by the generosity of Travelers and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools remarks, “I am grateful to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Rockefeller Foundation, the producers of Hamilton, the Miranda family, Travelers, and the Bushnell Theater for extending this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to our high school students for true engagement in history through the arts and public performance.”

The Rockefeller Foundation provided an initial grant of $1.46 million that funded the educational partnership in New York City. After the resounding success of the partnership, the Foundation committed an additional $6 million to the effort to support the program’s national expansion. The producers are making tickets for this educational partnership available for $70, $60 of which is subsidized by The Rockefeller Foundation and Travelers.  Tickets cost $10 for each student.

Fore more information, please contact Tracy Avicolli, Director of Arts and Wellness for Hartford Pubic Schools

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the Council of Independent Colleges.