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Act 2, Track 23

Act 2, Track 23
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
Original post: March 4, 2016

“Oh. Can I show you what I’m proudest of?” / “The orphanage.”

On March 15, 1806, #elizabethschuylerhamilton and several other women, including Isabella Graham and Johanna Bethune, met at the City Hotel in New York City at 11 o’clock in the morning. By the end of that meeting, the Orphan Asylum Society of New York had chosen its board of directors, including Elizabeth Hamilton as the second directress, and adopted resolutions for its governance until the next general meeting. Eliza served on the board of the Orphan Asylum Society until 1848, as second directress until 1821 and then as first directress until 1848.

The Orphan Asylum Society continued to evolve, and is now Graham Windham, which “strives to make a life-altering difference with children, youth and families affected by abuse, neglect and delinquency by providing each child we serve with a strong foundation for life: a safe, loving, permanent family
and the opportunity and preparation to thrive in school and in the world.”

#hamiltunes #hamildays #orphanasylumsociety #grahamwindham #19thcenturypamphlets #americanantiquarian

The Constitution of the Orphan Asylum Society. Established in New-York, March 1806. (New York: D. Longworth, 1807). This pamphlet was actually the start of the #hamildays quest, my #hamilton-inspired dive through AAS’s collections. I’ve done a lot of work in the Institutions Collection, which holds many constitutions, minutes, and proceedings of orphanages and other organizations, and so I wondered if, perhaps, material from the Orphan Asylum Society was available. And it was! Then I kept looking, and the #hamildays project evolved from there.


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