Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society Meanwhile out West: Colonizing California, 1769–1821
Kim Crowley Hamilton and Burr statues, 2004
Kim Crowley, Hamilton and Burr statues, 2004
New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, commissioned by Richard Gilder, Lewis Lehrman, and Roger Hertog
Californias: Antigua y Nueva, 1787
Diego Francoso, Californias: Antigua y Nueva, 1787
California Historical Society

PAST EXHIBITION

October 13, 2017 – March 18, 2018

IN SAN FRANCISCO

Two exhibitions link the emerging histories of America and California

Two versions of the United States' colonial history, British and Spanish, realign the frame of American history. Alongside the frame of the revolutionary thirteen colonies, symbolized by the story of Alexander Hamilton, we include the complicated Spanish colonial and Native Californian world along the Pacific coast. In doing so, we ask, as Lin-Manuel Miranda did in his award-winning musical, Hamilton: Who Tells The Story of the United States?

Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society

The extraordinary life and prolific career of Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804) continue to captivate the American public more than two centuries after his death. Drawing from the collections of the New-York Historical Society and JP Morgan Chase bank, this exhibition presents original artifacts and documents—many never before seen on the West Coast—that illuminate Hamilton's role in shaping the legal, economic, and political systems at the foundation of the modern United States.

Meanwhile out West: Colonizing California, 1769–1821

At least 300,000 indigenous people lived in Alta California, as it was once known, when the Spanish Crown asserted sovereignty over the territory in 1769. In the ensuing five decades, Spain left an enduring imprint on the Native peoples, the landscape and on California's cultural heritage. This exhibition explores the period through manuscripts, books, paintings, and artifacts from the California Historical Society's collections.

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