New revolutionary period exhibit puts spotlight on Hamilton with Philly connections

The exhibit opens this weekend at The Museum of the American Revolution

John McDevitt
October 25, 2018 - 6:55 pm

John McDevitt | KYWNewsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —The Museum of the American Revolution in Old City opens a new exhibit on Saturday highlighting Alexander Hamilton's contributions and the Philadelphia connections in forming the nation.  

Students from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr got a chance to try on colonial costumes and were taught how to bow and curtsey as they learned about George and Martha Washington levees, regular meeting opportunities where members of the voting public could visit the president's house and express political ideals for the new Republic.

The levees were recommended by Alexander Hamilton. Dr. Philip Mead, the museum's American Revolution chief historian, says the move was a monumental decision.

"Everybody was watching Washington because he is inventing the presidency know one knows how this is going to resemble a monarchy and Hamilton is having a shaping influence on that," he said.

Quin Zilch, an eighth grader, says he enjoyed the interactive history lesson.

"I like how engaged we are and how we have hands-on-learning." he said.

There's a full sized replica of a canon, a balance of power block game, and a table top game to try to stop ships from smuggling goods into Philadelphia.

Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up In Revolutionary Philadelphia runs from Oct. 27 to March 17.