While the program is free, reservations are required by calling (302) 653-6449, since seating is limited.

The Friends of Belmont Hall invite the public to a free presentation by historian and adjunct professor Eric Mease about Alexander Hamilton, based on the award-winning musical, Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m., at historic Belmont Hall, 217 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna.

After the presentation of "Alexander Hamilton -- More than a Musical," refreshments will be served.

The program is free, but reservations are required by calling (302) 653-6449, since seating is limited.

Lin-Manuel Miranda began writing the musical “Hamilton” in hopes of making the era of this country’s founding fathers more accessible to 21st-century Americans. His musical is a brilliantly-crafted history lesson. Miranda’s Broadway show has won 16 Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and a host of others awards including a Grammy for the show’s soundtrack.

Mease notes that Hamilton’s story is “the American dream in a lot of ways.” Hamilton was born out of wedlock in the 1750s and raised in the West Indies. His father left when Hamilton was 9 years old, and his mother died three years later. He went to work at age 14, and received support of wealthy sponsors to attend Columbia University, then known as King's College.

During the American Revolution, Gen. George Washington recognized Hamilton’s leadership abilities, as well as his talent for writing. Although only 20 years old, Hamilton was promoted to lieutenant colonel and selected as Washington’s aide.

After the war, Hamilton was a member of the Continental Congress, an author of the Federalist Papers, a champion of the Constitution and the first Secretary of the Treasury, where he helped found the first national bank, the U.S. Mint and a tax collection bureau.

Troubled by personal and political scandals in his later years, Hamilton was shot and killed in a duel by one of his fiercest rivals, then Vice President Aaron Burr.

Mease’s imaginative adaptation of the story of Hamilton will inspire, educate and entertain.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Friends of Belmont Hall meeting

Following refreshments, members of the Friends of Belmont Hall are encouraged to remain for the group’s annual meeting. The Friends of Belmont Hall is a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve the house and grounds, promote public access and plan programs and activities to attract community support and involvement.

For more information about the Friends of Belmont Hall or directions, see website www.belmonthall.org/ or call (302) 264-9048.