LouisvilleKY’s Locust Grove celebrates Hamilton and the American Revolution

Afternoon Lecture Series
Dr. Richard Bell: The African American Revolution
Wednesday, June 5, 1:15 pm

Louisville, KY., – We all know that the American Revolution was about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But what did those slogans mean to black people caught up in that war? Historian Richard Bell explains that African Americans actually threw themselves into the war effort with more enthusiasm (and with more at stake) than did many white colonists. Stories like theirs beg us to think about the stakes of the American Revolution from their perspective and to wonder just how revolutionary the American Revolution was for people of color.

The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.
Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.

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Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History
Thursday, June 6, 6:30 pm

Louisville has Hamilton-mania! As this Tony-Award winning musical rolls into town, its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: An American Musical puts center stage.

In this talk, historian Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. We’ll learn what this amazing musical got right and got wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States and about why that matters. We’ll examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We’ll also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made?

Tickets: $15/$12 for Locust Grove members. Reservations required; call 502-897-9845. Admission includes one drink ticket; cash bar available.

Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.


Hamilton Fest!
Sunday, June 16, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Join us for the conclusion of our Age of Hamilton season with The Hamilton Festival! This celebration of the Revolution will feature a re-creation of the Hamilton-Burr Duel, a sing-a-long, student performances, and presentations on clothing of the period, Aaron Burr’s time in Louisville, and more.

Admission: $8 for adults/$4 for children 12-6/free for under 6

Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.


Special Exhibition
Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary
Wednesday, May 29 – Friday, July 5

This exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History examines Hamilton’s central role during the Revolutionary War and Founding period in creating the economic, constitutional, social, journalistic, political, and foreign policy templates for modern America. Using reproductions from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and the Library of the New-York Historical Society, and drawing on recent scholarship about Alexander Hamilton, this traveling exhibition helps students learn that Hamilton was a statesman and visionary whose life shaped the America we live in two hundred years after his death. On view daily: May 29 – July 5, 2019


Books, Prints, Paper, and Art Sale
Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30
10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This special show and sale includes dealers in used, new, and collectible books, as well as maps, prints, paper, and art, at all prices and in all categories. You’ll find books about collecting, art, decorative arts, architecture and design, as well as artwork and prints.

Saturday, June 29, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission) Sunday, June 30, 10 AM – 4:30 pm (With Antiques Market; $8 admission charged)


Summer Antiques Market
Sunday, June 30
10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Treasures from bygone centuries abound at this favorite summer sale, from delicate china teapots to silver spoons, vintage jewelry to Kentucky-made chairs—there’s something for all tastes and every budget, etc. Featuring dozens of professional dealers from around the region, the Antiques Market offers fine and country furniture, books, textiles, jewelry, ephemera, silver, and more. Admission includes tours of the historic house museum. Fine food & drink available. $8 adults; children under 12 free.


Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane (between Brownsboro Road and River Road), Louisville, KY 40207.

For more information about these events, please contact Hannah Zimmerman, Marketing and Communications Director, at marketing@locustgrove.org or call 502.897.9845 x108.